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Paedophile’s sentence to be reviewed
9:40am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
A PAEDOPHILE living in York who walked free after pleading guilty to sexual activity with a child will have his sentence reviewed at the Court of Appeal.
Neil Wilson was originally given an eight-month sentence, suspended for two years, by Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London earlier this month, after his 13-year-old victim was branded “predatory” by a prosecutor.
Wilson admitted engaging in sexual activity with the girl, and separate counts of making indecent images, but news that prosecutor Robert Colover labelled the young victim “predatory” and “sexually experienced” caused outrage and led to his suspension from prosecuting sexual offence cases pending a review by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
His sentence was then extended to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, but this week a spokesman for the office of the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP, confirmed he has decided to refer Wilson’s sentence to the Court of Appeal for review, with the potential for further extension.
The spokesman said: “The case will in due course be heard by three Court of Appeal judges who will decide whether or not the sentence is unduly lenient and whether they should increase it.”
The case is expected before the Court of Appeal later this year.