Court of appeal increases sentence of Gareth Wyn Warbuton for rape

13/06/2013

The Court of Appeal decided on Wednesday 12 June that the sentence of Gareth Wyn Warburton should be increased by seven years and therefore he should serve 13 years of imprisonment for six counts of rape and one count of common assault.

Simon Brenchley, Head of CPS Wessex Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (Rasso) Unit said: We welcome the decision of the Court of Appeal to increase Gareth Wyn Warburtons sentence by seven years, giving him a total of 13 years.

Gareth Wyn Warburton was sentenced on 27 March at Southampton Crown Court to six years imprisonment after a jury found him guilty of six offences of rape and one offence of common assault of a woman.

During the trial the prosecution presented evidence to the jury of repeated rapes of the same victim over a sustained period from November 2011 to July 2012.

The Sentencing Guidelines on sexual offences indicates that the starting point for a case of repeated rape of the same victim over a period of time, should be 13 years.

When the sentence was imposed the CPS felt that it did not reflect the seriousness of the evidence that was presented to the jury and asked the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP, to consider whether the sentence imposed was unduly lenient. He referred the case to the Court of Appeal who agreed that the sentence was unduly lenient and increased and replaced the six years sentence with one of 13 years imprisonment.

We welcome this decision, which reflects the gravity of the offences committed against the victim. Our thoughts are with her at this time.

The Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP said:

The original sentence of six years, did not reflect the fact that this case concerned repeated offences committed over a number of years.  I am very pleased with the outcome of the hearing and the increased sentence of 13 years, which better reflects the serious nature of this awful crime.