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Graham Ovenden behind bars

An internationally renowned artist from Cornwall, who initially escaped a prison sentence despite being convicted of sex abuse charges, has been sent to jail for more than two years.

Graham Ovenden, whose pictures hung in galleries around the world, was originally given a suspended sentence because of what a judge called 'the harm to his reputation."

Today the Court of Appeal ruled THAT was too lenient.

Bob Constantine reports.


Paedeophile artist at Court of Appeal

Cornish artist Graham Ovenden will find out today whether he'll put behind bars for historic child abuse charges.

He was originally handed a 12 month suspended jail term, but the Attorney General has appealed against it. The 70 year old will appear at the Court of Appeal today. He was found guilty of six counts of indecency and indecent assault in April.

Graham Ovenden Credit: PA

Police look into claims of victims identified

The Metropolitan Police confirm that they are looking into claims that some of Graham Ovenden's victims were identified after his court case.

The law protects victims of sexual offences with lifetime anonymity but detectives are investigating claims their names were leaked on a blog.

Officers say it is unclear if he or one of his supporters wrote the blog and an investigation is underway.

Enquiries are underway but so far no arrests have been made."

– Met Police spokesperson

Appeal judges to look at Cornish artist case

Appeal Court judges will look at the sentencing of Cornish artist Graham Ovenden and decide whether his sentence was too lenient. The country's top law officer, Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP has referred the case to the Court of Appeal saying the sentence wasn't tough enough.

The case will in due course be heard by three Court of Appeal judges who will decide whether or not the sentence is unduly lenient and whether they should increase the sentence.

– Spokesperson for Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP


Cornish artist faces appeal

Cornish artist could face jail Credit: Ryan Hooper/PA Wire

The Attorney General has referred the sentence of Cornish artist Graham Ovenden to the Court of Appeal to see if it was "unduly lenient". 70-year-old Graham Ovenden was handed a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years by a judge in April.

Mr Ovenden was convicted of six charges of indecency with a child and one allegation of indecent assault between relating to three girls 1972 and 1985. Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC has now referred the sentencing decision to the Court of Appeal saying the sentencing was too not tough enough.