Police used mobile phone footage to prosecute a husband for sexually abusing his wife even though she refused to give evidence against him.
Rotherham Sex Offender Jail Term Doubled
A violent sex offender from Rotherham who groomed and coerced two teenage girls was given an 'unduly lenient' six-year jail sentence by a crown crown judge, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
Three appeal judges doubled 28-year-old Lee Pearson's prison term, following an appeal hearing in London.
Lord Justice Fulford, the most senior judge on the appeal panel, said Recorder Anton Lodge had imposed a sentence which was lenient to a ``significant degree'' following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court in June.
He said a 12-year term reflected the ``violence and coercion and degradation'' that had accompanied the offences.
Pearson had been convicted of rape, sexual assault and of having sexual activity with a child, after entering not guilty pleas, appeal judges were told.
He had been arrested after one of the girls, who cannot be identified but were both in their mid-teens, complained to police.
Government legal advisers had thought the six-year sentence lenient and asked the appeal court to examine the case.
Appeal judges agreed.
'The overall sentence was unduly lenient to a significant degree,'' said Lord Justice Fulford.
'It is clear from the evidence that he dominated these two young victims and used this coercion to maintain their compliance.''
Lord Justice Fulford added:
'He groomed these victims.'
Attorney General Jeremy Wright, the Government's most senior legal adviser, said after the hearing:
'These were appalling crimes carried out over an 11-month period against two children. Whilst Lee Pearson was engaged in unlawful sexual activity with one child, he sexually assaulted another.
'Having befriended his teenage victims, Lee Pearson went on to subject them to a sustained campaign of intimidation and violence. He threatened them, using physical force if they did not do as he said, and used controlling behaviour to isolate them from their friends.''
Mr Wright added:
'I am pleased that the Court of Appeal has increased the sentence from six years imprisonment to 12 years and I hope this offers some measure of reassurance to the public and a degree of comfort to the victims.''
The judges were told that Pearson had a string of previous convictions for motoring offences. They heard that he was given a four-year custodial sentence in 2005 after being convicted of driving a stolen car dangerously when disqualified and causing the death of a 16-year-old scooter rider.
The family of a Leeds teacher stabbed to death by a student have lost their High Court challenge over the inquest
The family Ann Maguire have lost their challenge against a coroner's decision not to call evidence from pupils who had contact with her schoolboy killer immediately before the murder
Children and a police officer were injured after violence broke out after Sheffield United's away match at Middlesbrough
A father-of-two from West Yorkshire who told an undercover police officer he intended to join Islamic State (IS) and fight in Syria has been jailed for six years.
Most Viewed Pictures On Heart
Recently Played Tracks
Now playing: The best feel good music
Deposit £10 to get a £40 Welcome Bonus - That's £50 to play bingo, slots and more!*
Over 50 tracks to make you feel-good. New album out now...
Find your local four day weather report here.
What's happening on the roads where you are?