Dear Prime Minister Brown,
We the undersigned wish to express our continued outrage outrage at what we consider a systemic pattern of unjustly lenient sentences for crimes against children. This leniency by the Judiciary is a miscarriage of justice. It is our heartfelt belief that guidance is urgently needed from the House of Parliament on appropriate minimum sentence (per count). We refer to two recent cases which exemplify this scandalous disregard for the basic human rights of children.
In the case of Michael Porter. He was convicted of 24 counts of indecent assault and gross indecency on children - including one 18-month-old baby. Judge Tom Crowther sentenced him to a three-year community rehabilitation order. Porter was also banned from working with anyone under the age of 18 and put on the Sex Offenders Register. The judge chose not to jail Porter after hearing he had undergone therapy. Such a sentence is totally inappropriate given that he used his trusted position to abuse so many children. Such offenders are not affected by therapy.
In the second case which we have written about previously Keith Fenn raped a minor aged 10. We understand that Mr Fenn will be released in eight weeks time after serving eight months on remand. We are horrified that a judge can undermine the young victim of this crime by suggesting she was dressed provocatively, under no circumstance should this set a precedent for other rapists of children to use as their defense.
We feel these sentences are unduly lenient and request that these sentences be reviewed by Attorney general Lord Goldsmith.
We hope that you address this issue imminently.
We also request that parliament review sentencing laws on those who carry out violent and sexual crimes on minors, and also for those who seek to exploit children. This includes those who view, purchase or download pornographic images of minors as we feel they are aiding and abetting in serious crime. Money made from these deplorable acts of evil is often used to fund other serious criminal activities.
We appreciate your attention to this as a matter of urgency and await your response
Sincerely, the undersigned ....
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