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Two jail terms were significantly increased in the Court of Appeal yesterday as the attorney-general pressed on with a commitment to challenge overly lenient sentences.
Appeal judges increased the sentence of Nadeem Muhammed, 43, of Bury in Greater Manchester, who was convicted after attempting to take an improvised explosive device on to a plane.
After a referral under the unduly lenient sentence scheme from Jeremy Wright, QC, the government’s chief law officer, the court increased Muhammed’s sentence from 18 to 22 years with an extended licence period of five years.
In January Muhammed was stopped by security staff at Manchester International Airport on his way to Bergamo in Italy. A small pipe bomb was found in the zipped lining of his carry-on suitcase, which he was planning to detonate on the plane.
In the second case, a former Dragon’s Den contestant had his sentence increased by two years and nine months after having been jailed for 13 child sex offences, including sexual assault.
The Court of Appeal increased the sentence of Richard Hazell, 48 from Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, to seven years and three months.
Hazell was convicted this year for sexually assaulting four girls, one who was six years old, and was found to have nearly 3,000 indecent images of children on a computer seized by police. He denied the offences and was convicted after a lengthy trial.
Speaking after the hearing, Wright described the case as “very disturbing … I am pleased that the Court of Appeal has sent a strong message, that this type of offending merits very significant sentences”.