Government welcomes increased sentence for Teesside man who attempted to rape woman he gave lift to (From The Northern Echo)
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Government welcomes increased sentence for Teesside man who attempted to rape woman he gave lift to
A TEESSIDE man who tried to rape a woman he gave a lift to after meeting her at a nightclub has had his sentenced of five years increased to seven-and-a-half at the Court of Appeal.
The Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP today welcomed the decision to increase the sentence of Christopher Johnson saying: “This case highlights the dangers that women face when being offered a lift by strangers. Women deserve to feel safe at all times, wherever they are.
“I referred this sentence to the Court of Appeal as I felt five years was unduly lenient and I am satisfied they have today increased that term to seven-and-a-half years.
“I hope this increase in sentence demonstrates that those who commit sexual offending of this nature should expect lengthy prison sentence.”
Johnson was jailed in February following his conviction for attempted rape, assault by penetration and theft.
Additionally, he was made subject to life registration on the Sex Offender’s Register and a lifetime Sexual Offences Prevention Order.
The court was told Johnson saw the victim at a nightclub in Redcar and offered her a lift to where she was staying.
He drove her to a secluded area where he forced himself on top of her and tried to rape her.
She valiantly fought him off and he then stole her mobile phone and money before pushing her from the car as he drove away.
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