Ross Parsons sentence increased to 15 years

21/07/2011

At a hearing at the Court of Appeal today, the court increased the sentence for Ross David Parsons (33) to life imprisonment with a 15 year minimum for the attempted murder and rape of a woman at her home in Bedminster last October.

The Crown Prosecution Service authorised Avon and Somerset Constabulary to charge Parsons with attempted murder, rape, arson with intent to endanger life and burglary on 4 October 2011.

Parsons was sentenced to life imprisonment with a 12 year minimum term on 5 May but the Crown Prosecution Service applied to the Attorney Generals Office to have the case heard in the Court of Appeal on the grounds of an unduly lenient sentence.

The case was put before the Lord Chief Justice, Mr Justice Treacy and Mr Justice Calvert-Smith today by Solicitor General Edward Garnier, QC. The judgement of the Court was that the 12 years specified minimum term was unduly lenient.

CPS District Crown Prosecutor Richard Levene said: "Ross Parsons broke into a strangers home and terrorised her, tying her to the bed, raping her and finally lighting a fire in an attempt to cover his tracks.

"We worked closely with Avon and Somerset Constabulary throughout this investigation and it is testament to the hard work and dedication of the whole prosecution team that we were able to bring him to justice so quickly.

"Parsons actions were abhorrent and the decision of the Court today reflects the justics systems firm approach to crimes of this nature."