A South Yorkshire child rapist jailed for ‘the most shocking and appalling crimes imaginable’ has had another three-and-a-half years added to his prison sentence.
Graham Wilson, aged 70, was initially jailed for 11 years and six months for sex offences against two young girls but had his sentence increased to 15 years at the Court of Appeal after Solicitor General Oliver Heald QC referred the sentence for reconsideration.
He had deemed the sentence ‘unduly lenient’.
Speaking after the hearing the Mr Heald said: “This was a sustained campaign of rape and serious sexual assault, over a long period of time from a man who deliberately preyed on a young girl and committed these dreadful acts.
“Victims need to feel safe to come forward and report sexual abuse. They must be reassured that what happened was not their fault and they need to be listened to.
“By increasing the sentence to 15 years, the court has today sent a clear message that anyone who violates children as seriously as this, and no matter how long ago will spend a long time in prison.”
Wilson had admitted 24 charges of sexual offences against two young girls in October 2012, but fled to Northern Cyprus to avoid jail.
South Yorkshire Police issued a European Arrest Warrant and circulated that Wilson, formerly of West Bawtry Road, Rotherham, was a wanted man.