Former journalist Benjamin Leapman has had his sentence increased to 10 years, after the Court of Appeal decided the original 7 year sentence was unduly lenient.
The defendant was a former Sunday Times journalist, who helped break the MPsâ€™ expenses scandal.
Leapman from Eynsford in Kent was convicted in July 2014 of raping a woman and was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on 16th September 2014 to 7 yearsâ€™ imprisonment. He was also made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order.
The Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP referred the case to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme.
Speaking after the hearing last Thursday 4 December, he said:
â€œI am pleased to note that Benjamin Leapmanâ€™s term of imprisonment has been increased to 10 years.
â€œI asked the Court of Appeal to revisit this case as I felt original sentence failed to reflect the seriousness of the offending.â€