Rebecca Penfold secures 16-month sentence in historic sex case

9 September 2019

Rebecca Penfold, instructed by Nigel Taylor of Metcalfe Copeman & Pettefar LLP, represented the defendant who faced further allegations of sexual abuse committed in the 1980s against a young boy.

The case involved the consideration of complicated factors surrounding the sentencing of historic sex offences. The defendant was already serving a determinate term imposed in 2016 for identical offences also committed in the 1980s against two other victims. These proceedings were instigated further to the media appeal from 2016.

Rebecca relied upon the principle of totality together with the essential authorities of H [2011] EWCA Crim 2753 and Forbes [2016] EWCA Crim 1388 in securing the 16-month sentence, one which is far shorter than if the matters had been dealt with as a stand-alone offence with a starting point of 4 years’ custody. Fore more information see press link below: