Sex offender fails in appeal court bid

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APPEAL court judges have upheld a prison sentence given to a South Yorkshire man who molested a teenager while he was out of jail on licence for other sex offences.

Stephen Mellor, 47, of Merrill Road, Thurnscoe, Barnsley, admitted sexual assault and was sentenced in May to five years behind bars, with an extra two years on licence.

He had 23 previous convictions and a probation report stated he posed a “high risk” of carrying out further sex crimes. Mellor challenged his sentence at London’s Appeal Court, claiming it was too long. But three senior judges dismissed his appeal. Judge Andrew Gilbart QC said Mellor was fortunate not to have received a sentence of indefinite imprisonment.