Sheffield sex attacker’s appeal is thrown out

COURT: Court Case

COURT: Court Case

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A sick sex attacker who repeatedly raped a 14-year-old girl and made her pregnant has been told his 14-year jail term was not a day too long.

Charles Bell, of Edmund Road, Heeley, Sheffield, forced himself on his underage victim so many times ‘she lost count of the attacks upon her,’ London’s Criminal Appeal Court heard.

The 28-year-old was jailed for 14 and a half years at Leeds Crown Court in February after pleading guilty to five counts of rape.

But lawyers asked three appeal judges to reduce that term, arguing he was punished too harshly.

The court heard Bell’s victim had to have an abortion after becoming pregnant as a result of the rapes.

What she endured had had ‘a devastating and continuing sociological impact on her’.

The court heard she is wracked with guilt because of ‘the knowledge that she had killed her baby’.

In a harrowing victim impact statement, the girl described how the time during which she was being raped by Bell ‘felt like a lifetime to her’.

Bell’s lawyers argued his sentence should be cut in light of his guilty pleas.

But Mrs Justice Cox slammed Bell for his ‘lack of insight into the seriousness of what he had done’.

The judge said: “These were extremely serious crimes. This appeal against sentence fails.”

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