Top judges rule Runcorn pervert’s jail term is too lenient
A PAEDOPHILE jailed for molesting a seven-year-old girl has had his “unduly lenient” prison sentence almost doubled by top judges.
David Daulby, aged 69, of Weymouth Close, Murdishaw, Runcorn, groomed the youngster from a young age before making sexual remarks and touching her.He admitted two sexual assaults and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and was jailed for two years at Warrington Crown Court in March.
Solicitor General Edward Garnier QC referred the case to London’s Court of Appeal after lawyers argued the sentence was too lenient.Three top judges ruled that the sentence was too soft on the pervert and increased it to three-and-a-half years.
Runcorn paedophile, 69, jailed after sexually abusing girl, 7
A PAEDOPHILE who sexually abused a seven-year-old girl whilst on holiday with her family has been jailed for two years at Warrington Crown Court on Friday.
David Daulby, aged 69, of Weymouth Close, Murdishaw, Runcorn, admitted two charges of sexually assaulting a child under 12 and engaging a child in sexual activity.
He had become a close friend of the girl’s family, the court heard, regularly sharing holidays abroad and spending Christmas at their home.
The victim’s family, who lives in the East Midlands, spoke of their outrage afterwards.
Her distraught gran said:”I am absolutely disgusted.
“We have suffered six months of hell not knowing if there would be a trial.
“He spent two Christmases in my home and all the time he had these feelings for my granddaughter.
“I am worried about the long term effect this could have on her. As she grows up, anything could trigger this in her mind. He has destroyed her childhood.”
The girl’s uncle said:”She was brave and courageous to speak up about what had happened otherwise it could have escalated and been a lot worse.
“He will serve less than 12 months, we’ve got to live with this for the rest of our lives.
“Considering he’s got previous convictions for sexually abusing girls, this is really lenient.”
Judge Nick Woodward said: “You were accepted into their family so they trusted you with their child.
“You have breached that trust.
“It is clear you were grooming her for sexual activity.”
Prosecutor Gordon Hennell said Daulby was jailed for 12 months for indecently assaulting two females under 14 in 1999.
Matthew Dunford, defending, said: “He feels he has let the familiy down and is very remorseful for the way he has behaved.
“He has asked me to express that he deeply regrets what he did.
“Since his arrest he has lost his home and spent 139 days in custody.