Alderbury paedophile will have sentence increased

Peter Daniels Alderbury (Wiltshire Police)

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 1:09pm 17th April 2019. (Updated at 1:50pm 17th April 2019)

The punishment given to 70 year old Peter Daniels has been reviewed at the Royal Courts of Justice.

Daniels pleaded guilty to 78 child sex abuse charges and was originally handed six life sentences, with a minimum of seven years.

Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner wrote to the Solicitor General to ask for that 'unduly lenient' sentence to be reviewed.

SENTENCE INCREASED:

Daniels appeared at the Royal Courts of Justice today (Wednesday April 17th) and was told his sentence will be extended.

The new sentence hasn't been passed yet though.

That will be handed down at some point in the next couple of months.

The news has been welcomed by Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson:

"When I was informed about the original sentence I felt it was unduly lenient, given the seriousness of the crimes and the number of young victims targeted and abused by Daniels.

"It was only right that I contacted the Solicitor General Robert Buckland MP to express my concerns, and I am grateful that these were acted on and the original sentence was re-examined by the courts.

"I am pleased with today's decision and I hope this will provide some solace for the victims and their families. I look forward to hearing a further update in due course."

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard also given his reaction to the update from court:

"Peter Daniels is a prolific offender and the investigation into his crimes was the biggest child sexual exploitation case that Wiltshire Police has dealt with.

"I know how disappointed the officers involved in the case were with the original sentence - not only did it not reflect the seriousness of his crimes, but it also did not adequately protect the public from someone who has proved to be such a risk to children.

"We hope today's update from court provides some comfort for his victims, who are still coming to terms with what happened to them."

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