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'Predatory' Sex Victim Case To Be Reviewed
The sentence of a man in a case that saw his 13-year-old victim described as "predatory" is to be reviewed by the Court of Appeal.
Neil Wilson, 41, was convicted earlier this month at Snaresbrook Crown Court of sexual activity with the girl, making indecent images of a child and possession of an extreme pornographic image.
Wilson was given a 12-month suspended sentence, suspended for two years.
In a statement, the Attorney General's office said: "Having carefully reviewed this case, the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP, has decided to refer the sentence of Neil Wilson to the Court of Appeal for review.
"The case will in due course be heard by three Court of Appeal judges who will decide whether or not the sentence is unduly lenient and whether they should increase it."
The decision is understood to be based on the sentence imposed rather than the language used in court.
When prosecution barrister Robert Colover talked about the the 13-year-old victim in court, he said: "The girl is predatory in all her actions and she is sexually experienced."
Passing his original sentence, Judge Nigel Peters then said he had taken into account that the girl looked and behaved "a little bit older" than she was.
"The girl was predatory and was egging you on. That is no defence when dealing with children but I am prepared to impose a suspension," he said.
The Crown Prosecution Service said at the time: "The language used by prosecution counsel was inappropriate. The transgressor in this case was the defendant and he bears responsibility for his criminal acts."
Mr Colover was suspended from prosecuting sexual offence cases pending a review by the CPS, while Judge Peters' comments are to be investigated by the Office for Judicial Complaints.
As well as receiving a number of complaints, the CPS was confronted by a petition, which now has more than 50,000 signatures, demanding Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer investigate the language used by Mr Colover.
The sentencing will be examined at the Court of Appeal in the autumn.