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25 July 2019, 17:13 | Updated: 25 July 2019, 17:16
A woman from Milton Keynes who was convicted of cruelty after she allowed her partner to rape her daughter in the family home has had her prison sentence extended.
Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police Mary-Louisa Andrews, aged 50 of Graveney Place, was convicted by unanimous jury of one count of cruelty to persons under 16.
Ms Andrews was initially sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court on 28 May 2019 to three years’ imprisonment.
Following a review at the Court of Appeal by the Solicitor General on Wednesday (24th July) the sentence was increased to five years’ imprisonment.
Mary-Louisa Andrews was convicted for not protecting her daughter against her partner Anokye Andrews, 44, of Graveney Place who was convicted at the same trial by unanimous jury of six counts of rape, two counts of indecent assault and one count of assault by penetration.
Anoyke Andrews, was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment on Tuesday 28 May.
The convictions relate to the abuse of Mary-Louisa’s daughter between 2001 and 2007, who was aged between 9 and 16.
In this case the victim has waived her right to anonymity, allowing us to name the offenders. However, she has asked that she is not named directly and has indicated that she does not wish to speak to the media.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Tejinder Sidhu, said:
“We welcome the decision of the Solicitor General to increase the sentence of Mary-Louisa Andrews.
This was a horrific case of abuse in that the person who should have protected the victim, her mother, failed to do so and let the abuse go one.”
Thames Valley Police is committed to investigate sexual abuse and I hope that this case demonstrates that you will always be listened to by officers, who will investigate with sensitivity in order to bring offenders before the courts and bring them to justice.”