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A paedophile’s indefinite sentence quashed because parliamentary guidelines

Date: (16 August 2012)    |    

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Simon Crisp, 36, was jailed indefinitely for public protection after he was found guilty of trying twice to convince a 15 year old boy to perform a sex act online and for sharing sickening images of children with other perverts. The London Appeal Court had heard.
The indefinite jail sentence which is akin to a life sentence was given to him at the Preston Crown Court in March after increment evidence in the form of computer equipment was seized from the paedophile’s home in Fleetwood, Lancashire.
Crisp admitted three counts of trying to provoke a child to engage in sexual activity, six of making, nine of distributing and five of possessing indecent images of children, and one of having an extreme pornographic image.
His indefinite jail sentence was challenged at the Appeals Court at London where the judges overturned the indefinite open ended sentence to three years conventional jail term which would mean he had to spend only 18 months in jail even before he can be seen as a safe bet to be released on parole by the parole board.
Judges have expressed 'great concern' after being forced to overturn the indefinite sentence imposed on a dangerous paedophile. They said that, while they were deeply anxious about the outcome, the law on indeterminate sentences laid down by Parliament left them with ‘no alternative’ but to quash Crisp’s IPP.
Judge Anthony Morris QC, sitting with Lord Justice Davis and Mr Justice Treacy, said a sexual offences prevention order handed to Crisp should be ‘vigorously enforced’ by the probation service to ensure he doesn’t re-offend after his release.
The judge told the court Crisp’s computer equipment, including a laptop, webcam and four discs, were seized from his home in September last year.
A Probation report concluded Crisp was a danger to the public and there was a real threat that his ‘fantasies’ about children would result in him re-offending.
He had also been convicted for sexually assaulting a three-year-old 20 years back, when he was aged 15.
Sentencing him, the crown court judge said a five-year sentence would have been appropriate for the offences, but that he was ‘dangerous’ and should therefore be locked up indefinitely.
Crisp’s lawyers argued the five-year ‘notional term’ was too long, saying the crown court judge didn’t take enough account of the overall sentence or the level of his offending.
Though agreeing with the crown courts sentencing the judges at the Appeal Court said that as Parliament had laid down that the notional that term must be at least four years for an indeterminate sentence to be imposed, it had no alternative but to quash the IPP.



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