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Sex case teacher's sentence cannot be reviewed

Stuart Kerner, 44, a former RE teacher was given an 18-month suspended sentence after being convicted of having sex with a 16-year-old student Credit: PA

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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Sex case teacher's 'lenient' sentence may be reviewed

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.

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Teenage girl arrested over boy's murder

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 was pronounced dead at the scene after being stabbed in the chest. Credit: Metropolitan Police

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.

Man arrested on suspicion of terror offences in London

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.

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