Paedophile’s sentence cut on appeal
Saturday 14th September 2013, 10:45AM BST.
A PAEDOPHILE who was jailed for 12 years for committing sex offences against young girls in the 1970s has lost his appeal against conviction.
But the Guernsey Court of Appeal upheld the argument that Alasdair Garven’s sentence was manifestly excessive and reduced it to 10 years.
Garven, 66, had denied five counts of committing acts of gross indecency and five of indecently assaulting four girls, aged between four and 13 at the time, but in April last year the Royal Court found him guilty of each by a unanimous decision.
The Court of Appeal ruled that it had been appropriate for the Royal Court to impose prison sentences of four years for each of the gross indecency counts which carry a maximum sentence in Guernsey of five years.
But the Royal Court had erred when applying the totality principle and the figure it had reached had been manifestly excessive.
Garven will also be subject to a five-year extended sentence on his release which will involve an extended period of supervision and a requirement to comply with a set of conditions imposed by the Royal Court. One of which is that he must undergo therapy for his sexual offending.