Attorney General's Reference (No 106/2014);

Sentence – Sexual offences against children. The offender pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual activity with a child contrary to s 9 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and was sentenced to a total of 30 months' imprisonment. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, allowed a reference by the Attorney General and held that the sentence imposed had been unduly lenient in circumstances where the offender had taken advantage of a young and vulnerable girl. The sentence, in respect of the counts involving penetration, was substituted for one of four and-a-half years' imprisonment.

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