Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2006] All ER (D) 167 (Apr)
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Forbes and Davis JJ

Representation Michael Goldwater (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 11 April 2006


Sentence - Custodial sentence - Seriousness of offence - Meeting a child following sexual grooming - Purpose of law in relation to grooming - Whether sentence manifestly excessive.

The Case

The law was in place to protect young girls from their own sexual immaturity and to punish older men who took advantage of them, accordingly, in the instant case, where the 55-year-old defendant had met and communicated with the 13-year-old complainant before he abducted her and was convicted of meeting her following sexual grooming, it could not be said that the sentence of three-and-a-half years' imprisonment was manifestly excessive.

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