We covered the case of Peter Bunyan, a PCSO who was sent to prison for seven years for having sex with various women whilst on duty, on 19th March 2013.
We stated that our view was that the sentence was too long (‘Mr Bunyan’s sentence seems appealable’). Well, on 9th November 2013 we were alerted through CrimeLine that Mr Bunyan had in fact appealed, and he was successful.
The Court of Appeal decision doesn’t lay down any great principle of law, but is worth reading to give the full facts, and we like to keep you uptodate with developments in the cases that we have looked at.
In the end, the Court concludes that the sentence was manifestly excessive and reduced it to 3 years – less even than we had suggested would have been appropriate.
This is a very large reduction – the Court of Appeal rarely make that much of a change, especially when it is a sentence passed by a Judge who has heard the trial. In this case, it has achieved the right result.