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Choirmaster loses sex sentence plea

Michael Brewer pictured in January. Credit: PA

A choirmaster jailed for six years for indecently assaulting a former pupil at a school in Manchester has lost a challenge against the length of his sentence.

Michael Brewer, ex-music director at Chetham's School of Music, was jailed in March after he was convicted of child sex offences against Frances Andrade who took her own life at her home during his trial.

His appeal was rejected by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, sitting with two other judges at the Court of Appeal in London.

Brewer, 68, who claimed his sentence was "excessive", was not present for the ruling.

Choirmaster to appeal

Michael Brewer Credit: PA

Shamed choirmaster Michael Brewer, who was music director at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, is appealing against his six-year prison sentence for indecently assaulting a former pupil.

Brewer was jailed in March after he was convicted of child sex offences against Frances Andrade, who took her life at her home during his trial.

It later emerged that Brewer, 68, had been stripped of his OBE awarded for services to music in December 1994.

His challenge is being heard by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, sitting with two other judges at the Court of Appeal in London.

He is not due to attend the hearing.

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Jailed Choirmaster stripped of OBE

Michael Brewer Credit: PA

A former music director at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester who was jailed after being uncovered as a "predatory sex offender" has been stripped of his OBE.

Michael Brewer was jailed for 6 years in March. His victims included ex-pupil Frances Andrade who took her life at her home during his trial.

A person's honour can be taken away if they are sentenced to prison for at least three months for a criminal offence or censured or struck off by a professional or regulatory body for something directly relevant to their honour.

The Honours Forfeiture Committee considers the case.

If the committee recommends an honour is withdrawn, the decision is sent to the Queen by the Prime Minister and the Queen decides if the honour should be forfeited.

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