Sentences Doubled For Men Who Raped 11-Year-Old Girl

The appeal court today more than double the sentences of two men jailed for raping an 11-year-old girl.

Roshane Channer and Ruben Monteiro, both 21, were originally given three years and four months in February after they admitted raping the schoolgirl in a block of flats in Luton, Bedfordshire, last July.

However on Wednesday three judges in London agreed with Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC that the original terms of detention imposed at Luton crown court were "unduly lenient" – and raised them to seven years.

The pair will also be put on the sex offenders register for life.

In a statement following the ruling the attorney general said: "This was a horrible case where two men, aged 20, raped an 11-year-old girl, whilst two other youths watched.

"A video recording of part of the incident was taken on a mobile phone, further adding to the anguish of the victim.

"I'm very pleased that the court of appeal has given clear guidance in respect of sentencing sexual offences of this nature.

"The law is clear that children under the age of 13 are incapable of giving consent to sexual activity, and I hope that today's sentence sends out a strong message to anyone who commits terrible crimes such as these – that you can expect to spend a substantial time in prison."

Baljit Ubhey, chief crown prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service, said: "We supported the attorney general's decision to refer this case as one that had attracted sentences that were unduly lenient.

"The original sentences of 40 months' imprisonment in no way reflected the severity or seriousness of their crime. Today's increased sentences do.”


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