A paedophile who walked free from court after his 13-year-old victim was branded “predatory” has been ordered to serve a two-year jail term.
Neil Wilson escaped with a 12-month suspended sentence despite pleading guilty to engaging in sexual activity with a child, making indecent images of a child and possession of an extreme pornographic image.
The Attorney General ordered a review of the case after outcry following comments from prosecuting barrister Robert Colover, who said that Wilson’s victim was “predatory” and “sexually experienced”.
Judge Nigel Peters QC also came in for criticism after he said he had taken account of the girl looking older than 13 when he sentenced 41-year-old Wilson.
The Court of Appeal ruled that the non-custodial punishment was “unduly lenient” and imposed an immediate two-year jail sentence.
Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas and two other judges ordered Wilson, who was not present in court, to surrender to police in York, where he lives, by 6pm tonight.
Speaking after the hearing, Attorney General Dominic Grieve said: “Neil Wilson exploited a young and vulnerable girl. He pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child, making indecent photographs of a child and possessing extreme pornography.
“I asked the Court of Appeal to examine whether the sentence was appropriate, given the seriousness of the offences, and I am pleased that they have found that this sentence was unduly lenient and have imposed an immediate sentence of imprisonment.”
Wilson admitted abusing the girl at his home in Romford, Essex, where police also found images of child sex abuse on a computer.
Police were alerted to his actions after his victim told a friend.
Mr Colover, who was representing the CPS at the sentencing hearing at London’s Snaresbrook Crown Court, said: “The girl is predatory in all her actions and she is sexually experienced.”
Prime Minister David Cameron hit out at the barrister’s choice of words and said: “We need a criminal justice system that stands up properly for victims. The victims of crime should always be at the centre of our thinking.”
After a CPS review of the case, Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer said the language used to describe the teenager was “grossly inappropriate”.
Mr Colover agreed to resign from the Crown Prosecution Service’s rape panel of advocates, admitting his description of the girl was “inappropriate”.
Complaints about Judge Nigel Peters’ sentencing remarks are being “considered” by the Judicial Conduct and Investigations Office.
Paedophile Term Increased In ‘Predatory’ Case
A man whose conviction over serious sexual offences prompted outrage has had his sentence increased.
Neil Wilson, 41, was handed an eight-month suspended sentence last week in a case which saw his 13-year-old victim described in court as “predatory”.
Appearing via video link at Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London, Wilson was handed a 12-month suspended sentence – an increase of four months.
The judge amended the sentence due to a sentencing technicality rather than the reaction to the language used in court last week.
Wilson’s original sentence for sexual activity with a child remained unchanged. Further counts over indecent photographs prompted the increased punishment.
Last Monday prosecution barrister Robert Colover, referring to the 13-year-old in court, said: “The girl is predatory in all her actions and she is sexually experienced.”
The judge who caused controversy by describing a 13-year-old girl who had been sexually abused as “predatory” has failed to apologise or explain his remarks at the new hearing today
Passing his original sentence, Judge Nigel Peters then said he had taken into account that the girl looked and behaved “a little bit older” than she was.
“The girl was predatory and was egging you on. That is no defence when dealing with children but I am prepared to impose a suspension,” he said.
Judge Peters is now being investigated by the Office for Judicial Complaints over his remarks, while Robert Colover has been suspended from prosecuting sexual offence cases.
The Crown Prosecution Service said last week: “The language used by prosecution counsel was inappropriate. The transgressor in this case was the defendant and he bears responsibility for his criminal acts.”
Judge Peters, amending the sentence, again warned Wilson that if he re-offends in the next two years then the sentence will be “activated and added to”.
Wilson was also ordered to take part in a 100-day sex offender treatment programme.
The Attorney General’s office is also reviewing the sentence to establish whether it was “unduly lenient”.
Paedophile spared jail because his 13-year-old victim looked older and was a sexual ‘predator and was egging HIM on’
A judge allowed a paedophile to walk free after his 13-year-old victim was described as a ‘sexual predator’ who was ‘egging HIM on’ to engage in a sexual act.
Judge Nigel Peters told Neil Wilson, 41, who pleaded guilty to the abuse, he had also taken into account the fact the child looked older.
Wilson lured the teenager to his home in Romford, Essex, where he watched her strip out of her school uniform before she performed a sex act on him.
The abuse did not come to light until the girl confided in a friend who then told police.
During a search of Wilson’s home officers also uncovered a stash of images and videos depicting child abuse and bestiality.
He admitted a string of charges but was handed a suspended sentence at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
Judge Peters told him: ‘You have come as close to prison as is imaginable.
‘I have taken in to account that even though the girl was 13, the prosecution say she looked and behaved a little bit older.
‘You knew she was not nearly 16 as she said and your plea of guilty recognises that you knew.
‘Allowing her to visit your home is something we have to clamp down on and in normal circumstances that would mean a significant term in prison.
‘On these facts, the girl was predatory and was egging you on.
‘That is no defence when dealing with children but I am prepared to impose a suspension.’
Wilson was handed an eight-month jail term, suspended for two years, and will also be supervised by the Probation Service for the next three years.
He has been banned from contacting children and must allow police to examine his computer, as well as attending a sex offenders’ programme.
Wilson met the schoolgirl when she asked him to buy cigarettes for her while she was playing truant.
He enjoyed a two-week ‘fling’ with his victim, during which he bombarded her with phone calls and text messages and she continued to visit his home, the court heard.
Prosecutor Robert Colover, told the judge: ‘The girl is predatory in all her actions and she is sexually experienced.
‘She appeared to look around 14 or 15 and had the mental age of a 14 or 15 year old despite being younger than that.
‘There was sexual activity but it was not of Mr Wilson’s doing, you might say it was forced upon him despite being older and stronger than her.
‘As for the images, there were eight found of child abuse images, four of which fall in to the category three.
‘There were also 11 images involving horses and dogs found on his computer.’
Wilson, now of York, pleaded guilty to two counts of making extreme pornographic images and one count of sexual activity with a child.