PCC comments following Peter Daniels' sentencing

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A predatory sex offender who abused 22 young children over nine years has been given six life sentences.

Peter Daniels, aged 70, formerly of Alderbury, appeared at Salisbury Crown Court on Thursday (07/02) for sentencing.

He had previously pleaded guilty to 78 charges, which were carried out between 2008 and 2017 and relate to children who were aged between two and 13 at the time.

However, following the sentencing, Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, has decided to comment on the jail term.  

Angus, who is also Chairman of the Wiltshire Criminal Justice Board, 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."

 

Published on Monday 11 February 2019.