December 2020

Kidderminster child rapist has his sentence increased

A man who raped a five-year-old girl has had his sentence increased after the Solicitor General, Rt Hon Michael Ellis QC MP, intervened and referred his sentence to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme.

Callum Haycock, 21, denied the offences but was later convicted of raping the girl.

Haycock was sentenced to a 3 year community order on 1 October 2020 at Worcester Crown Court and was ordered to pay the victim £2,500 in compensation.

He was also placed on the Sexual Offenders Registry for a period of 5 years.

Following a referral to the Court of Appeal by the Solicitor General, on 11 December the sentence was found to be unduly lenient and has been increased to a 3 year Community Order with a 12 month electronically monitored curfew, between the hours of 7pm to 7am.

October 2020

Mum’s fury as Kidderminster child rapist gets community service not jail

A devasted mum says her family’s life has been ‘ripped apart’ after a Kidderminster child rapist who sexually assaulted her five-year-old daughter was sentenced to just community service.

The mother says she is appealing the sentence at the High Court.

Callum Haycock, of Leswell Street, Kidderminster, was sentenced to a three-year community order and 35 days’ rehabilitation requirement at Worcester Crown Court on Thursday, October 1.

He was also fined £200 and ordered to pay £2,500 to the victim after being found guilty of a charge of raping a child under 13, as well as being put on the Sexual Offenders’ Register for five years.

But the girl’s mother is devastated Haycock was not handed a jail term for the incident.

She said: “I ran out of the court and slammed the door behind me, as I walked out of the court I just shouted ‘it’s a f***ing joke’. I see no justice for my daughter in this.

“We’ve appealed to the High Court in London. This has ripped our lives apart.

“We’ve had to have counselling, it’s ruined our lives. It separated me and my partner because we both didn’t know how to deal with it so we took it out on each other.”

The heartbroken mother, however, said she has found consolation in the courage of her daughter, who testified at the trial.

She added: “She’s been incredibly brave, she gave evidence at the trial and everything. I’m immensely proud of her. She’s one of the bravest little girls I’ve ever met.

“She will get over this but she will never forget it. It will always be there but she’s not the sort that is going to let it ruin her life. She still smiles every day and gets on with life.

“She does wet the bed but we’re going through counselling to try to sort that out. She has difficulties forming relationships with strange men in her life, obviously.

“We told her that he’d got to pay her some money, because he’s got to pay her £2,500 compensation, and she turned around and said she wants to give it to the poor.

“The police were amazing with us and so were Witness Support. They were very supportive and patient and they handled everything with dignity.”