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The Attorney General is unable to review the suspended sentence of a religious studies teacher convicted of having sex with a 16-year-old student because his crimes are not included in the "unduly lenient" sentence scheme.
Stuart Kerner, 44, from Aylesford, Kent, was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust and was given a suspended 18-month sentence by Judge Joanna Greenberg QC.
The judge said it was clear his 16-year-old victim was ''obsessed'' with the teacher, prompting complaints to the Attorney General's Office, which initially said it would consider whether to refer the sentence to the Court of Appeal.
But an AGO spokeswoman said: "After a number of complaints, we carefully considered whether Stuart Kerner's sentence could be referred to the Court of Appeal for being too low - as part of the 'unduly lenient sentence scheme'.
"Mr Kerner's crimes are not included in this scheme, meaning the law officers are unable to refer this.
"However, it's important that the public can challenge what they believe to be exceptionally low sentences. We have been looking at whether the scope of the current scheme is right."
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The Attorney General is to investigate whether the sentencing of a former religious studies teacher who walked free from court after being convicted of repeatedly having sex with a student should be reviewed.
Stuart Kerner, 44, of Aylesford in Kent, was handed a suspended 18-month sentence by Judge Joanna Greenberg QC, sitting at Inner London Crown Court, who said it was clear his 16-year-old victim was "obsessed" with him.
The Attorney General's Office wrote on its Twitter page:
AGO have received complaints about Stewart Kerner sentence and will consider whether to refer to Court of Appeal under ULS scheme
Stuart Kerner's sentence will be considered. Decision due by 11 February (note amended spelling of first name)
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A teenage girl has been arrested over the murder of a teenage boy who spoke to police less than an hour before he was killed.
Jeremie Malenge, 17, was stabbed to death in Hackney, east London, at 11.40pm on Tuesday.
A 17-year-old girl is being questioned at an east London police station over his death, Scotland Yard said.
Police are believed to have spoken to the boy because he matched the description of youths reported to be armed with knives in the area.
But he was not arrested and was attacked less than an hour later on Ponsford Street.
One of the suspects being hunted in France after the Charlie Hebdo attack was mentored by an al Qaida terrorist with links to London's Finsbury Park mosque, according to a newspaper report.
Paris terror suspect Cherif Kouachi is a follower of Djamel Beghal who allegedly recruited the shoe bomber Richard Reid, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Beghal, an Algerian who once boasted he had established a large terrorist network across Europe, is said to have recruited Kouachi while he was in prison.
A former undercover spy said the attack at Charlie Hebdo in which 12 people died was "the legacy of Abu Qatada and Abu Hamza" - two hate preachers once based at the mosque.
Reda Hassaine, who worked as an MI5 informant at the London mosque, said Beghal was a frequent visitor there in the 1990s, when radical hook-handed cleric Hamza was based there.
He [Beghal] was closer to Abu Qatada than to Abu Hamza.
There is no doubt that you can see the influence of their teachings in him. What happened in Paris was the legacy of Abu Qatada and Abu Hamza.
A man has been arrested in east London on suspicion of terror offences, Scotland Yard has said.
The 32-year-old was arrested in Stratford on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon last night, but after officers searched a property in east London he was arrested again today.
He is being held in police custody on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.