Practice and Procedure

RE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REFERENCE (NO.19 OF 2012) sub nom R v PT (2012)

PUBLISHED July 4, 2012

[2012] EWCA Crim 1688

A sentence of eight years' imprisonment was the very minimum that the court could impose following a plea of guilty to the rape of a young boy, which had been committed in breach of trust and against a background of repeated and regular sexual abuse. The court would be sympathetic to those who had been abused themselves, but such abuse could not excuse a child victim turning adult predator. The sentence of four-and-a-half years' imprisonment was unduly lenient.

CA (Crim Div) (Hallett LJ, Ouseley J, Haddon-Cave J)