The Attorney General has said he is 'pleased' that a paedophile's suspended sentence has been overturned and he now faces immediate imprisonment. Speaking after today's hearing, the Attorney General said:
"Neil Wilson exploited a young and vulnerable girl.
"He pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child, making indecent photographs of a child and possessing extreme pornography.
"I asked the Court of Appeal to examine whether the sentence was appropriate, given the seriousness of the offences, and I am pleased that they have found that this sentence was unduly lenient and have imposed an immediate sentence of imprisonment."
Following the case at Snaresbrook Crown Court, it emerged that prosecuting barrister Robert Colover had labelled the 13-year-old girl "predatory" and "sexually experienced". Attorney general Dominic Grieve referred the sentence given to Wilson, to appeal judges to decide if it should be increased.
The Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas and two other judges quashed the suspended sentence and ordered Wilson, who was not present in court, to surrender to police in York by 6pm tonight.
Wilson was first handed a twelve month suspended sentence in August after he admitted engaging in sexual activity with the child, as well as offences of making indecent images of a child and offences of possession of an extreme pornographic image.
Today three judges ruled that was "plainly and without doubt unduly lenient."