Child Sex Offenders Lead the Way for Longer Sentences

Child Sex Offenders Lead the Way for Longer Sentences

New data reveals that in the past year, 23 child sex offenders in England and Wales saw their sentences extended. This was made possible through the Unduly Lenient Sentence Scheme, which allows anyone to request a review of a crown court sentence if they believe it is insufficient.

Data released by the Attorney General's office shows officials were asked to look at almost 1,200 cases in 2022.

Of these, 139 were reconsidered by the Court of Appeal and, as result, 95 people were given longer sentences.

Among those to receive longer sentences were 23 child sex offenders.

Sentences were also increased for 10 rapists and for seven convicted criminals in cases involving grievous bodily harm.

Biggest increases
The biggest increase was handed to Semi Lave. In February 2022, Lave, from Wiltshire, was sentenced to 15 years in jail for raping and sexually abusing two children between 2015 and 2020. Both children were threatened with violence and physically abused.

That April, the Court of Appeal found Lave's 15-year sentence was unduly lenient, ordering that it be increased to 24 years. It also said his period on licence, when he is eventually freed under restrictions, should be extended to six years.

Child sex offender, Lee Gibson, from Derby, who began abusing a girl when she was under 13, had his sentence increased from 16-and-a-half years to 23.

Mark Page, from Teesside, has been sentenced to six years on top of his original sentence of 12 years. He was convicted of trying to arrange sex with children in the Philippines.

Only one person needs to ask for a sentence to be reviewed. The scheme has been extended in recent years to cover more terror and sexual offences as well as those crimes on the original list, which included murder, manslaughter, rape and robbery.

Solicitor General Michael Tomlinson KC said: "Being a victim of crime can leave life-long emotional scars and some of society's most dangerous offenders, including child sexual predators and violent criminals, saw their sentences increased in 2022.

"As the data indicates, the overwhelming majority of offenders receive sentences that align with the gravity of their crimes. Nevertheless, the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme serves as a crucial safeguard to maintain public confidence in our sentencing system."

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