'Unduly lenient' sentence for Alderbury paedophile criticised

'Unduly lenient' sentence for Alderbury paedophile criticised

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 1:09pm 11th February 2019.

Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner says the punishment for Peter Daniels 'does not reflect seriousness' of crimes.

Angus Macpherson has written to the country's Solicitor General, Robert Buckland MP, to 'seek guidance' to express concerns about the sentence.

The 70 year old, formally of Eyres Drive but now of HMP Isle of Wight, was handed six life sentences last week for 78 child sex offences.

But the judge also said he can be considered for parole after 9 years.

Daniels was already serving a 12 year prison term for similar crimes he was sentenced for in October 2017.

Angus Macpherson - Wiltshire PCC - Police and Crime Commissioner (Wilts PCC)
Angus Macpherson, Wiltshire's PCC, has raised his concerns about the sentence for Peter Daniels

In response to the latest sentence, Wiltshire PCC and Chair of the Wiltshire Criminal Justice Board, Angus Macpherson said:

"I feel the sentence handed down may be unduly lenient. It certainly does not reflect the public view on the seriousness of this man's despicable crimes and what he put his young, innocent victims and their families through.

"Six life sentences may seem enough but in real terms he could serve a maximum of 18 years and be out after just nine years; this falls way below the expectations of the victims, their families and the general public.

"I have spoken today to the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland MP, to seek guidance. As I result of that conversation I will be formally writing Mr Buckland to express the concerns that have been raised."

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