Attorney General to consider whether to ask Court of Appeal if suspended eight-month jail sentence was unduly lenient
Anti-sexual abuse campaigners, among them the author who successfully put Jane Austen on the £10 note – before having to fend off the resulting torrent of online rape threats –
have reacted angrily after it emerged that a man who admitted having
sex with a 13-year-old girl walked free from court; while his victim was
described by the judge and prosecution as sexually “predatory”.
Neil Wilson, 41, faces having his eight-month suspended jail
sentence reviewed after the Attorney General Dominic Grieve agreed to
look into the case yesterday. And the Crown Prosecution Service was
forced to admit that its own prosecutor acted “inappropriately” when he
placed a portion of the responsibility upon the victim in court.
This afternoon, the CPS said that it is considering the involvement of the barrister in question, Robert Colover, in future sexual cases and that it "will not instruct him in any ongoing or future cases involving sexual offences in the meantime".