[heading_block]An horrific sex offender has had their bid fail, to have his jail sentence cut by the Court of Appeal.[/heading_block]
David Atkins, 77, has been told he may die in prison after his was jailed for a series of horrific sex offences. Atkins abused an 11 year old girl after befriending her, when he was living in Leicester more than 40 years ago.
The paedophile has always pleaded his innocence claiming the allegations were made up. However he was convicted of four indecent assaults and other serious sex attack. He was jailed at Leicester Crown Court in April, 2015.
The case was back in court yesterday, as his lawyers launched a Court of Appeal bid to shorten his sentence. It took just less than an hour to reject the appeal. Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing, Lord Justice Simon and Judge Clement Goldstone QC dismissed a challenge to the most serious convictions and said the total sentence was fully justified.
The sex offender, David Atkins appeared via a video link from prison, and he slumped and shook his head when the courts judgement was announced. Mrs Justice Laing said the offences took place decades ago, and the victim came forward in 2013.
Atkins argued that the trial relating to the most serious charge was unfair, and claims the jury should have been allowed to convict him on a lesser charge. The total sentence given in was in any case far too long, his lawyers added.
Since his crimes, he lawyers claims that he has lived as a law-abiding citizen and has also put forward 15 character references. Mrs Justice Laing said:
“‘The judge was sentencing in this case for a course of abuse. He noted the effect that the offences had on the complainant.” She added: “He took into account Atkins’ age, the good life he had led since and all the references. ‘We don’t consider that the overall sentence of 11 years’ imprisonment was manifestly excessive.”