A Scarborough man who was caged for almost 15 years for a horrific campaign of sexual abuse today saw his “excessive” sentence slashed on appeal.
Peter Paul Lovell, 60, of Britannia Street, pleaded guilty to three rapes, three assaults by penetration and three counts of sexual activity with a child.
He was sentenced to 14 years and eight months’ jail, with an eight-year extended licence period after release, at York Crown Court last October.
But today, after an appeal by his lawyers, the custodial portion of his sentence was cut to 12 years by three senior judges at the Court of Appeal.
Lord Justice Davis said that, although the effect on the victim would stay with her for the rest of her life, the sentence was “manifestly excessive”.
The girl complained to police that Lovell had raped and abused her in numerous other ways, causing serious psychological and emotional harm.
Lovell’s barrister, Taryn Turner, argued before Lord Justice Davis, Mr Justice Andrew Smith and Mr Justice Jeremy Baker that the sentence was too tough.
As he had pleaded guilty and received a considerable discount in his sentence, it meant the crown court judge must have taken a starting point of more than 20 years for the term.
Giving the court’s judgment, Lord Justice Davis said: “We are persuaded that there is force in the points of Mrs Turner.
“We do think that the judge did end up taking a starting point which was too high and, in the result, reached a sentence, allowing for the plea, which was too long.
“In the judgment of this court, the appropriate sentence here is an extended sentence of 20 years, of which the custodial element will be 12 years’ imprisonment and the extended licence component will be eight years.”
Extended licences are imposed on offenders who are deemed to be a risk to the public in order to allow them to be monitored for longer than usual when released into the community.