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Clifford 'seriously' considering appeal against jail term

Max Clifford's solicitor has said the disgraced celebrity publicist is "seriously" considering an appeal against his eight-year sentence as well as an appeal against his conviction.

Max Clifford, seen in a court sketch receiving his sentence at Southwark Crown Court, has been jailed for eight years. Credit: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

The comment from Clifford's legal camp came as one legal expect expressed his surprise at the length of the sentence handed down and suggested it was "significantly" likely that an appeal could succeed.

Simon McKay, a criminal human rights lawyer at McKay Law, said he was "very surprised" at the length of the sentence, because it "creates the opportunity for the sentence to be appealed", adding: "And I don't think that's good for the victims."

Clifford's trial stunts 'caused more trauma for victims'

Judge Anthony Leonard condemned Max Clifford for causing more trauma for his victims with his "contemptuous" behaviour during his trial, including attempts to "trivialise" accusations against him by mimicking a reporter outside court.

The judge referred directly to Clifford's appearance behind Sky News reporter Tom Parmenter as he recorded a summary of the latest evidence during the trial at Southwark Crown Court.

"I find your behaviour to be quite extraordinary and a further indication that you show no remorse," the judge said before sentencing Clifford to eight years for the historic indecent assaults.

"(The) additional element of trauma caused by your contemptuous attitude is something that I shall take into account in sentence," he added.

"I can only hope that these proceedings will provide all your victims with some sort of closure."

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Clifford sentence 'reflects abuse impact on his victims'

The eight-year jail term handed to Max Clifford reflects the impact his crimes have had on his young women victims, a spokesperson for charity Victim Support has said.

Adam Pemberton, the charity's assistant chief executive, said it was the "compelling testimony" of the abused women - described as "liars" and "fantasists" by Clifford in court - that convicted him.

He paid tribute to the women for "finding the strength" to give evidence against the powerful PR man.

Clifford victims praised for speaking out about abuse

The Director of Public Prosecutions has welcomed the conviction and sentencing of Max Clifford for historic indecent assaults, saying he has "rightly been held to account", and praised his victims for reporting the abuses.

“The prosecution was built with evidence demonstrating a pattern of behaviour where unconnected victims told of strikingly similar experiences over a number of years," Alison Saunders said.

"I would like to thank all the victims for coming forward and giving evidence in difficult circumstances."

She urged other victims to report their claims of abuse, "no matter who is alleged to have carried out the abuse or when".

NSPCC: 'Clifford unmasked as ruthless sex offender'

Max Clifford has been "unmasked as a ruthless and manipulative sex offender who preyed for decades on children and young women", the director of children's charity the NSPCC has said.

Responding to the eight-year sentence handed down to the shamed celebrity publicist at Southwark Crown Court, Mr Watt said:

Clifford was a rich and influential man who dined with the stars but the way he manipulated and groomed his victims is typical of many sex offenders. He exploited their vulnerabilities, using lies and coercion to get what he wanted.

Throughout the court case Clifford has behaved dismissively and arrogantly towards his victims and the suffering he has caused them. He made them go through a long and painful court case and relive their traumatic experiences by not pleading guilty.

– Peter Watt, NSPCC's Director of National Services

Judge accuses Clifford of 'leading a double existence'

Celebrity publicist Max Clifford has been described as living a "double existence" during his decades influencing the media after being sentenced to eight years for a string of indecent assaults.

Passing sentence at Southwark Crown Court, Judge Anthony Leonard told him:

Although your charitable work has gone on for a long time after your offending stopped, I cannot ignore that for decades you were leading a double existence.

Judge Leonard said he believed Clifford's personality and profile were why the crimes he committed had not been made public sooner.

Some of Clifford's supporters, sitting behind the dock in the public gallery, broke down in tears as he was sentenced. The 71-year-old was taken away to the cells.

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Date of offences saved Clifford from longer sentence

Max Clifford has been told his historic indecent assaults on young women would have resulted in an even more severe punishment had the offences been committed in recent years.

Judge Anthony Leonard said Clifford was charged under an act from 1956, which set the maximum term for such assaults at two years, because his offences took place between 1977 and 1984.

The judge said under later legislation passed in 2003, the maximum term would have been 10 years.

The worst instances would have been charged as rape or assault by penetration, which attract a maximum life term, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Clifford told he will serve at least four years in prison

Max Clifford has been sentenced to eight years following his conviction on eight counts of historic indecent assault. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Max Clifford has been told he must serve at least half the eight-year sentence handed down at Southwark Crown Court in prison.

Judge Anthony Leonard told Clifford he had shown a "contemptuous attitude" and "quite extraordinary behaviour" while showing "no remorse" for his crimes.

The judge said: "These offences may have taken place a long time ago, when inappropriate and trivial sexual behaviour was more likely to be tolerated, but your offending was not trivial, but of a very serious nature."

Max Clifford sentenced to eight years in prison

Celebrity publicist Max Clifford has been sentenced to eight years in prison for a string of indecent assaults against young women.

The 71-year-old was found guilty by a jury at Southwark Crown Court of eight historic counts of indecent assault on Monday.

Max Clifford said "it's not the best day of my life" as he arrived for sentencing at Southwark Crown Court. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Clifford won't face re-trial over not-reached verdict

Max Clifford will not face a re-trial in the one count on which the jury in his indecent assaults trial was unable to reach a verdict.

As proceedings began in his sentencing, prosecutor Rosina Cottage QC confirmed that no re-trial will be sought.

While being found guilty of eight counts of indecent assault on Monday, Clifford was also cleared of another two counts of the same offence at Southwark Crown Court.

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