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UK Judge defends abuse survivor
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Sex sentence doubled

Dec 10 2003

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The Western Mail


A PAEDOPHILE Jehovah's Witness who groomed an 11-year-old girl and forced her to carry out sex acts had his "unduly lenient" sentence almost doubled by London's Court of Appeal yesterday.

Ian David Webb, of Poplar Mews, Troedyrhiw, Merthyr Tydfil, was convicted at Cardiff Crown Court in July of three indecent assaults, attempted rape and indecency with a child.

He was handed a four-year jail term, but England and Wales' top law officer the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith QC, challenged that as "unduly lenient".

And yesterday the country's most senior judge, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, increased 30-year-old Webb's sentence to seven years.

Lord Woolf said that if it weren't for "double jeopardy" - the fact Webb was effectively being sentenced twice - he would have got nine years.

The judge told the court that Webb abused the girl on a number of occasions in the late 1990s when she was just 11 years old. His attacks became "progressively more serious", until he attempted to rape her.

But it wasn't until she was a teenager that she felt able to tell the police.

Lord Woolf said the girl has been deeply scarred by what happened.

By not pleading guilty, observed the judge, Webb had put the girl through the added ordeal of having to give evidence against him in court.

 

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