Rapists' 'Lenient' Sentences Doubled

Two men who were jailed for raping young girls have had their two-year sentences doubled after the Court of Appeal ruled that they were "unduly lenient".

Simon Foster, a 26-year-old chef from Devon, raped a 12-year-old girl, while Keith Fenn, a 24-year-old window cleaner from Oxford, had raped a ten-year-old girl.

Both received new jail sentences of four years.

During a recent court hearing, Attorney General Baroness Scotland said that the two-year terms passed on both men should not be allowed to stand. She said: The message must be that sexual activity with girls of 10 and 12 will not be tolerated."

Both men had been jailed in June this year. Foster was sentenced to two years at Exeter Crown Court after he admitted to a series of sexual offences against the 12-year-old girl, including two counts of rape.

The court heard how he had met the girl, who had told him she was 15, on the internet and three times in person.

Fenn was sentenced to two years at Oxford Crown Court, after admitting two charges of rape. In his case, he and a friend were approached by the girl, who told them that she was 16 and asked for a cigarette.

In both cases, lawyers for the men said that they thought the girls were older and said that they did not force them to have sex.

The appeal judges were told that the girls in both cases were physically mature and developed and appeared older than they were and it was submitted that these facts were given too much weight during sentencing of the two men.


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