The Court of Appeal has quashed a Newcastle manâ€™s suspended prison sentence and imposed an immediate 2 year jail term for his offences of sexual assault and sexual activity with a child.
The 52 year old man, had pleaded guilty to three offences of sexual assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. The child had been 13 and 14 at the time of the offences.
On the 21st July 2014, in Newcastle upon Tyne Crown Court, the man was sentenced by His Honour Judge Whitburn QC to 15 months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, with requirements to attend the Sex Offender Programme and undergo supervision by the Probation Service.
Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland, said:
â€œI referred this case to the Court of Appeal as unduly lenient because the original sentence failed to reflect the seriousness of the offences in the light of the victimâ€™s age at the time the offences were committed. I also think insufficient weight was given in this case to the fact that there were repeated sexual assaults over a period of time.
â€œI am pleased that the Court of Appeal has today quashed the suspended sentence and instead introduced a jail term of 2 years.â€