Croudace, R v, Court of Appeal - Criminal Division, October 11, 2018, [2018] EWCA Crim 2513

Resolution Date:October 11, 2018
Issuing Organization:Criminal Division
Actores:Croudace, R v
 
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SMITH BERNAL WORDWAVE

No: 20182413/A1

Neutral Citation Number: [2018] EWCA Crim 2513

IN THE COURT OF APPEAL

CRIMINAL DIVISION

Royal Courts of Justice

Strand

London, WC2A 2LL

Thursday, 11 October 2018

B e f o r e:

LORD JUSTICE McCOMBE

MR JUSTICE GOOSE

HIS HONOUR JUDGE FARRER QC

(Sitting as a Judge of the CACD)

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R E G I N A

v

GEORGE CROUDACE

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Mr B Mark appeared on behalf of the Appellant

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  1. MR JUSTICE GOOSE: On 15 May 2018 in the Crown Court at Newcastle upon Tyne, the appellant, George Croudace, who is now aged 71, was sentenced by Mr Recorder Elliott QC to nine years and six months' imprisonment. The appellant had pleaded guilty to the offences for which he was sentenced at the first reasonable opportunity, on the 27 March 2018. Leave to appeal his sentence was granted by the single judge.

  2. The total sentence of nine years and six months was imposed for offences on two indictments. On indictment T2017 0953, count 1, sexual assault of a child under 13, contrary to section 7(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, a sentence of three years and four months' imprisonment; for a similar offence in respect of a different complainant, count 2, a consecutive sentence of three years and four months' imprisonment; for a further similar offence against another complainant, count 3, a sentence of two years' imprisonment to run consecutively. On indictment T2017 1093, three offences of making indecent photographs of children, contrary to section 1(1)(a) of the Protection of Children Act 1978, a consecutive sentence of ten months' imprisonment, comprised of ten months on count 1, four months on count 2 and one month on count 3, all concurrent to each other.

  3. Due to the nature of these offences the provisions of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 apply. Under those provisions, where a sexual offence has been committed against a person, no matter relating to that person shall, during that person's lifetime, be included in any publication if it is likely to lead members of the public to identify that person as the victim of that offence. This prohibition...

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