Man jailed for child abuse after appeal judges overturn non-custodial sentence

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Nov 30, 2017
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The case was reported to the Court of Appeal under the unduly lenient sentence scheme

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A man who sexually assaulted a young boy has been imprisoned after his non-custodial sentence was overturned by the Court of Appeal yesterday.

Nicholas Henshall, 44, was sent to prison for 20 months, after having been found guilty of sexual assault on a child at Liverpool crown court in September.

He initially received a 20-month sentence suspended for two years and a ten-year sexual harm prevention order.

However the solicitor-general, Robert Buckland, QC, referred that sentence to the Court of Appeal under the unduly lenient sentence scheme. 

At a hearing held yesterday, the appeal judges quashed the original sentence and replaced it with 20 months’ imprisonment without suspension, less 28 days credit for time spent on qualifying curfew. The ten-year order was left in place.

The court ordered Henshall to surrender himself today to begin his sentence.

After the hearing, the solicitor-general said: “Nicholas Henshall committed a horrible crime on a vulnerable young boy who showed immense courage in reporting the offending.” 

“The original sentence did not reflect the seriousness of this offence and I welcome today’s ruling from the Court of Appeal that he will now be imprisoned.” 

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