Man convicted of assaulting a baby has his sentence increased - Hertfordshire

21/12/2012

A man who admitted seriously assaulting a baby has had his sentence increased by over seven years following a successful appeal by the prosecution team to the Royal Courts of Justice.

The man,,who cannot be named for legal reasons, was originally sentenced at St Albans Crown Court to ten years and nine months imprisonment. At a hearing in London on Tuesday, 18 December 2012, his sentence was increased to 18 years (15 in prison and a further three on extended licence).

The child suffered the injuries in early March.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "The prosecution team referred this case to the Attorney General as one that had attracted a sentence that was unduly lenient.  We supported the Attorney General's decision to refer this case to the Court of Appeal.  I welcome the ruling from the Royal Courts of Justice to increase the sentence.

"The original sentence in no way reflected the severity or seriousness of the offence or the vulnerability of the victim.  The increased sentence does.

"We will continue to vigorously prosecute offenders who target young and vulnerable victims."

Detective Inspector Jo Walker from the Child Abuse Investigation Unit (CAIU) said te injuries caused to a defenceless child were so horrific it was thought she would not survive. She has survived, but is severely disabled and will need constant care for the rest of her life.

The CPS and Jo's team believed the original sentence did not fully reflect its seriousness. In consultation with the prosecutor, Jane Bickerstaff QC, the case was referred to the Attorney General, who agreed to take the case to the Appeal Court.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd said: "The prosecution team was absolutely right to challenge the original sentence in this terrible case of child cruelty. I am very pleased that this view was supported by the Royal Courts of Justice.

"As someone whose job it is to champion the victims of crime, I will challenge future sentences that I do not believe reflect the nature and circumstances of a crime. I want to ensure that justice is done, that offenders are suitably punished, and that there are proper deterrents in place."