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    Anger at 'lenient' rape sentence

    Children's charities have reacted with anger after a window cleaner who raped a 10-year-old girl was jailed for two years.

    Keith Fenn, 24, will be free in four months after a judge said the girl had appeared older than her actual age.

    The charity Kidscape accused Judge Julian Hall of "trying to find excuses" and said a child must never be blamed.

    Attorney General Lord Goldsmith is to decide whether the sentence should be appealed as 'unduly lenient'.

    Judge Hall had said that the sentencing had been the most difficult decision he had ever made, but the girl had appeared to be 16.

    She was attacked by Fenn and an accomplice in a park in Henley-on-Thames, South Oxfordshire on 14 October last year.

    Moral dilemma

    Oxford Crown Court heard that Fenn removed her clothes and raped her, while an accomplice, Darren Wright, 34, took her home and sexually assaulted her.

    The judge said in sentencing he faced a moral dilemma as the fact they had sex within 45 minutes of meeting was an absolute crime.

    But he said the girl had dressed provocatively and looked like she was 16.

    He gave Fenn concurrent two-year and 18-month sentences, but he will be free in eight weeks after serving eight months in prison awaiting sentence.

    Wright is already free as Judge Hall had already given him a nine-month sentence for inciting the girl to perform a sex act.

    'Back to the 1950s'

    Dr Michele Elliott, director of Kidscape said the decision had left her "lost for words".

    She said: "It takes us back to the 1950s when the victim was blamed if they were dressed provocatively.

    "No one in my opinion could mistake a 10-year-old child, even dressed up, for a 16-year-old. They are just trying very hard to find excuses.

    "You can never blame a child victim for sexual abuse when excusing the abuser of any kind of abuse."

    The NSPCC added: "There is no excuse for having sex with a 10-year-old, no matter how she dresses."

    A spokesman for Lord Goldsmith said he had asked the Crown Prosecution Service to send him the papers on the case, and would consider whether or not to refer the sentence to the Court of Appeal as "unduly lenient".

    He has 28 days to make a decision.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6237480.stm

    Just goes to show the state of our prison system and the effect it's having on sentences, it is getting to be almost impossible to get someone locked up

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    I'd call it "unduly ignorant"...

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    suprised that ass-clown of a judge didnt play the "she wanted it" card...what an unbelievably stupid decision....hope the attorney appeals the sentence
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    Anger at 'lenient' rape sentence of a 10 yr old

    Monday, 25 June 2007, 17:13 GMT 18:13 UK

    Children's charities have reacted with anger after a window cleaner who raped a girl of 10 was jailed for two years. Keith Fenn, 24, will be free in four months after a judge said the girl, who was attacked in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, had appeared older. The charity Kidscape accused Judge Julian Hall of "trying to find excuses" and said a child must never be blamed.

    Attorney General Lord Goldsmith is to decide whether the sentence should be appealed against as "unduly lenient".

    Oxford Crown Court heard that Fenn raped the girl in a park on 14 October, before an accomplice, Darren Wright, 34, took her home and sexually assaulted her. Judge Hall said in sentencing he faced a moral dilemma as the fact they had sex within 45 minutes of meeting was an absolute crime. But he said the girl had dressed provocatively and looked as though she was 16. (MY COMMENT ~ SO!!! She's 10!!!!)

    Lawyers for the defendants stressed that the sex had been consensual, and was only termed 'rape' because of the framework of law. They said the judge stated that doctors who examined the girl believed she was in her mid-teens and she was treated by most people as older than her actual age. The judge gave Fenn concurrent two-year and 18-month sentences, but he will be free in eight weeks after serving eight months in prison awaiting sentence.
    Wright is already free as Judge Hall had already given him a nine-month sentence for inciting the girl to perform a sex act.

    Dr Michele Elliott, director of Kidscape said the decision had left her "lost for words". She said: "It takes us back to the 1950s when the victim was blamed if they were dressed provocatively. "No-one in my opinion could mistake a 10-year-old child, even dressed up, for a 16-year-old. They are just trying very hard to find excuses. "You can never blame a child victim for sexual abuse when excusing the abuser of any kind of abuse." The NSPCC added: "There is no excuse for having sex with a 10-year-old, no matter how she dresses."

    A spokesman for Lord Goldsmith said he had asked the Crown Prosecution Service to send him the papers on the case, and would consider whether or not to refer the sentence to the Court of Appeal as "unduly lenient". He has 28 days to make a decision.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6237480.stm

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    Sounds like a bunch of pedophiles running things over there. Including the Judicial System.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Trojan 42 View Post
    Threads merged.
    Ta, now can you merge those 2 kiddy fiddlers into a lead pipe and drop it into the Thames?? That would be SOOOOO good if you could!!!

 

 

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