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Burton MP urges case review

Friday 25th July 2014 (Andrew Griffiths)
Burton MP urges case review

By Rob Smyth

BURTON’S MP has written to the UK’s top law advisor asking him to review the sentence handed to a man who sexually abused a girl with learning difficulties.

Andrew Griffiths contacted Attorney General Jeremy Wright after being implored to by the family of the young girl who was abused for nearly two years by Christopher Adams, 71, of Hurst Drive, Stretton.

The MP stepped in after a judge decided not to impose a jail term on Adams but instead gave him a three-year community order and made him sign the sex offenders’ register for five years.

This was despite the fact Adams had been told to expect a ‘substantial’ custodial sentence at an earlier hearing.

Mr Griffiths said: “The judge has told this man to expect a custodial sentence and then, to the horror of this young girl’s family, he was only given a community order.

“They got in contact with me to express concerns about the leniency of the sentence and, as a result, I have written to the Attorney General asking him to review the sentence handed down.

“This is a deeply distressing and upsetting case which has had a devastating impact on the victim and her family.

“It must be so horrifying that the perpetrator still lives in the town and has seemingly evaded justice in their eyes.

“I want the Attorney General to review the case and impose a much stiffer sentence.”

The offences spanned two years, from December 2010 to December 2012, starting when the girl was 16.

Adams admitted three counts of engaging in sexual activity with a mentally disordered female during a hearing at Stafford Crown Court earlier this month.

In the letter to Mr Wright, the town’s MP said: “I would also add that Mr Adams does not appear to be subject to any exclusion order, keeping him away from his victim.

“I believe he remains resident in Burton and it would understandably cause a great deal of distress to the young girl if she were to meet him in the town.”

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