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Child rapist - sentence unlawful

Jeffrey Charles Goodwyn, who already had a conviction for raping a nine year old child, was given an indeterminate sentence in 2012 for indecently assaulting a seven-year-old girl eight or more years earlier.  The court heard Goodwyn was considered "a very dangerous offender indeed" by the judge at the time of his sentence. Goodwyn went to the Court of Appeal about the indeterminate sentence. Mr Justice Coulson said at the Court of Appeal that an open-ended sentence could only be passed for offences after April 2005.

"Despite the danger to the public which this applicant clearly represents, we are in no doubt that... The IPP (imprisonment for public protection) was unlawful," he said.

Full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/