#AcerNewsReport – Oct.13: Dunkerley was found guilty after trial of one count of indecency with a child, two counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted rape. On 27 July 2021, Dunkerley was sentenced to 4 years and 6 months’ imprisonment at the Crown Court at Manchester Minshull Street……
#AceDailyNews reports that a Manchester man has been handed an increased jail sentence to 7yrs for historical sex offences: Daniel Dunkerley, 34, was convicted of four counts of sexual abuse taking place between 2001 and 2003 when he was aged between 14 and 17, and his victim was aged between 3 and 5.
Following the sentence, the then Solicitor General referred Dunkerley’s sentence to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme. On 12 October the Court of Appeal found his original sentence to be unduly lenient and increased it to 7 years imprisonment.
Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General, Alex Chalk QC MP said:
The original sentence failed to take proper account of the seriousness of these offences, and I am pleased the Court has now seen fit to increase his sentence.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.23: Weekley had a number of previous convictions and was subject to a sexual harm prevention order and notification requirements. In breach of these orders, Weekley maintained an internet-enabled device in his home and failed to inform the police that he had an alias name online and a second address.
#AceDailyNews reports that a Norfolk sex offender has had his sentence increased to 6yrs-4-months following intervention by the then Solicitor General, the Hon Lucy Frazer QC MP: Paul Weekley, now 61, engaged in sexual communications with someone whom he thought was a 12 year old girl. He was in fact speaking with an undercover police officer….
Weekley pleaded guilty to one count of breaching a sexual harm prevention order, one count of failing to comply with notification requirements, one count of making indecent photographs of children, two counts of attempting to engage in sexual communications with a child and one count of attempting to incite a child under 13 years of age to engage in penetrative sexual activity. On 30 June, Weekley was sentenced to 3 years and 4 months’ imprisonment at Norwich Crown Court.
Following a referral to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme by the Solicitor General, on 21 September the Court found the sentence to be unduly lenient and increased it to 6 years and 8 months’ imprisonment with a 4 year extended license.
After the hearing at the Court of Appeal, the Solicitor General, the Hon Alex Chalk MP, said: Weekley’s actions intended to cause serious harm to a young child and the gravity of his crimes must be reflected in the sentence. His actions were deeply disturbing and I am pleased with the Court of Appeal’s decision today to increase the sentence.”…..This ruling follows the decision by the Court of Appeal that where a defendant sets out to sexually abuse a child, in circumstances where the child in fact is an adult posing as a child, then the starting point for sentencing should be set by reference to the harm that the defendant intended to cause the fictional child. The fact that there was no real child for the defendant to abuse will then be reflected in a downward movement from that starting point. The extent of that reduction will be a matter for the court in individual cases to decide, but the seriousness of the offending must nonetheless be reflected in what the offender intended.
Case Additional Notes:
The original case where we made this argument to the Court of Appeal was: Privett, R. v  EWCA Crim 557 This was decided on 29 April 2020.
This issue required further consideration and emphasis and that happened on 21 April 2021, in Reed & Anor v The Queen (Rev 1)  EWCA Crim 572
#AceNewsReport – Sept.05: Anthony Pitts, 39, sexually abused two victims repeatedly over a 10-year period. On 21 June 2021, he was convicted of 13 sexual offences and sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment at Oxford Crown Court…
#AceDailyNewsreports child sex offender’s sentence increased from 12-18yrs in prison following decade of abuse: Anthony Pitts has had his sentence increased following an intervention by the Solicitor General, The Rt Hon Lucy Frazer QC MP.
Following the Court’s decision, the Solicitor General referred Pitts’ case to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme. On 2 September 2021, the Court found his sentence to be unduly lenient and increased it to 18 years’ imprisonment, followed by 1 year on licence.
After the hearing at the Court of Appeal the Solicitor General, Rt Hon Lucy Frazer QC MP, said:
I am pleased that the Court of Appeal saw fit to increase Pitts’ sentence today. His crimes were horrific and long running. His victims have suffered because of his actions, and he has shown them a complete lack of remorse or empathy. I hope today’s decision will bring them some comfort.