Clifford, Regina v: CACD 7 Nov 2014

The defendant appealed against his sentence to eight years imprisonment on 8 counts of indecent assault. The offences occurred between 1977 and 1984.
Held: Each of the victims was young and vulnerable and the assaults had had continuing effects on their lives. The aggravating features were: ‘There were four girls or young women involved; one of them was under 16. The offending took place over a period of several years. There was a significant age difference between the appellant and his victims. His offending involved an abuse of a powerful position coupled with deceit. In relation to B there was a clear abuse of trust and grooming. All of the victims were affected by what had happened to them. In relation to some counts there were findings of coercion.’
The judge had erred in his approach to the law of allowing evidence of other possible offence to affect his sentence, but had indicated in his remarks that this would not have mande any significant difference overall. After conviction he had also clowned before a TV camera. However: ‘After consideration of the individual offences and the application of modern sentencing attitudes reflected in the guidelines, but tempered by the need to have regard to the statutory maximum available at the time, an overall sentence of 8 years was justified and correct.’

Treacey LJ, Turner J
[2014] EWCA Crim 2245, 201402543 A7
Bailii, Judiciary
Sexual Offences Act 1956 14(1)
England and Wales
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