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HMA v George West
Aug 11, 2021
On sentencing Lord Matthews made the following statement in court:
"You were convicted of a catalogue of sexual and violent offending involving a total of sixteen charges and no fewer than nine complainers.
I have listened to what has been said on your behalf and I take account of all of that as well as the contents of the Criminal Justice Social Work report. I also take account of your record, which, although short, contains a very serious offence of assaulting a child to severe injury with a sexual element. You were convicted of that on 5 December 2005 and, after a Crown appeal, you were made the subject of an extended sentence with a custodial element of ten years and an extension period of five.