May 2016

‘Manipulative’ paedophile wins time off jail sentence

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A paedophile described as a “manipulative sexual predator” has had his prison sentence cut by two years at the Court of Appeal.

Peter Clegg, 58, sexually abused a girl on several occasions at her home in Hull when she was 12. On one occasion, he threatened her, warning her not to tell her parents before raping her.

Clegg, now of Balfour Street, Bradford, claimed the youngster was “attention seeking”, but pleaded guilty to seven offences, including rape.

He was given a sentence comprising 12 years behind bars and eight more on extended licence at Hull Crown Court in July last year.

Clegg appeared via video link at the Court of Appeal with a heavily bandaged right hand on Friday.

Despite describing the serious impact of the abuse on the girl, three top judges agreed the prison sentence was excessive and reduced it to ten years, with eight years on extended licence remaining.

Mr Justice Langstaff said: “The sentence imposed on this occasion was too high”

Hull Crown Court had heard how Clegg had served a six-year sentence for attacks on another youngster. She had gone to his house and, after falling asleep on a sofa, woke to find him raping her.

His lawyers argued that the fact he had served that six-year sentence should have been taken into account when he was sentenced for the Hull abuse.

The time he had spent in prison would have allowed him to rehabilitate, Mr Justice Langstaff, Lord Justice Gross and Judge Keith Cutler were told.

Giving judgement, Mr Justice Langstaff said Clegg had shown “extremely distorted thinking” by blaming his victims. He had also been assessed as posing a “high risk” of harm in the community.

However, the crown court judge should have given him more credit for the fact he had served the earlier term, ruled Mr Justice Langstaff. He concluded: “We therefore allow this appeal by reducing the custodial element of the total sentence by two years.”