Paedophile sentence under review

The case of a paedophile who was spared jail after admitting sexually abusing a seven-year-old girl is to be reviewed by the Attorney General Lord Goldsmith.
Anthony Lindus, 27, was given a suspended jail term after admitting two counts of indecent assault.

At Teesside Crown Court on Monday, Judge John Walford said Lindus's offending was a breach of trust but did not warrant a prison sentence.

Judge John Walford
The decision has been condemned by children's charities.

The court heard Lindus, formerly of Kempton Court, Darlington, attacked the girl on two separate occasions after her parents left her and two younger sisters in his care at their home between July 2004 and July 2005, and on 13 December last year.

"What this judge has done is quite inexcusable"
Nikki Kerr, Kidscape

Judge Walford told Lindus: "I just hope they (the girl's parents) will... accept my conclusions that a custody setting might, in fact, be even more likely to produce in you a problem in the future than if you were treated within a setting in the community."

Judge Walford said he had taken into account that the offences were serious and the age of the victim.

But he said the defendant had no previous convictions and was vulnerable.

Lindus was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

He will also be subject to a sexual offenders prevention order for life, put on the sex offenders' register for life and will be supervised for two years.

Examine evidence

Nikki Kerr, from Kidscape, welcomed the decision to review the case.

She said: "This person has been convicted of sexual assaults against a seven-year-old girl on more than one occasion.

"What message does this sentence send out to the victims of sexual abuse who want to see their abuser brought to justice?

"What this judge has done is quite inexcusable."

A spokeswoman for Lord Goldsmith said: "The Attorney General has got the power to review sentences that might be perceived to be unduly lenient.

"He will look at all the evidence that was put before the court and he has 28 days to make his decision.

"If he decides that the sentence was below reasonable expectations he can refer the case to the Court of Appeal."

 

This is not Judge Walford's first letting off of a pervert he seems to have an affinity with these sex offenders. Click HERE

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