Rapist's sentence slashed because there was 'no evidence of lasting harm' on his victims
Monday, June 17, 2013
A Somerset rapist who was caged for attacks on two young women had his "excessive" sentence slashed by almost a third in London today, after senior lawyers claimed there was no evidence the attacks had caused "lasting harm" on his victims.
Laurence Alexander Green, 21, of Park Close, Street, forced himself upon one of his victims when she had recently given birth and was still in a delicate state.
He denied all of his crimes, but was convicted of raping the two women and assaulting one by penetration at Taunton Crown Court last November.
Trial judge, Judge Graham Hume Jones, said the offences were very serious and deserved the long 19-year term.
But today, after an appeal by Green’s lawyers in London, three senior judges at the Court of Appeal slashed the sentence to 13 years.
Giving the court's ruling, Judge Neil Ford QC said that Green himself had been a teenager when he attacked the two women.
As well as raping a 16-year-old when she had recently given birth, Green forced himself on another victim, tearing away her lower clothing.
He also filmed himself as he performed a sex act upon one of them.
Appealing today, his lawyers argued before Judge Ford, Lord Justice Elias and Mr Justice Edwards-Stuart that the 19-year sentence was too tough.
It did not reflect enough credit for the fact he was a teenager when he raped the women, that he was of previous good character and that there was no evidence of lasting harm done.
Judge Ford said: "We consider that the judge, in looking at the totality of the offending, fell into error.
"The result is a sentence which was manifestly excessive.
"Taking account of the appellant's age, the nature of the offences and the appellant's good character, we consider that a total sentence of 13 years would properly reflect the totality of the offending."