Salisbury man who abused 22 children has his prison sentence increased

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A prolific paedophile who pleaded guilty to 78 charges of child sex abuse has had his prison sentence increased.

Peter Daniels, who is aged 70, and formerly of Alderbury, was re-sentenced today (12/06/19) after the Police and Crime Commissioner wrote to the Solicitor General to seek a review of the original sentence.

Daniels was originally given six life sentences by a judge at Salisbury Crown Court in February, although he was only due to serve nine years in prison before being considered for parole.

Today, he was told that the original sentence was unduly lenient and ordered to serve a minimum of 12 years.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson welcomed the news.

He said: “This result today shows the importance of challenging the courts and appealing sentences when we feel they do not reflect the seriousness of the crimes.

“I believe today’s sentence is more proportionate and addresses the scale of Daniels’ offending and the lifelong impact this will have had on his many young victims.

“I would like to thank the courts for taking the time to re-examine their original decision and responding so positively to the concerns raised by me on behalf of Wiltshire Police.”

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard also welcomed the update from court.

He said: “I welcome today’s result and this new minimum term.

“Peter Daniels is a prolific offender and the investigation into his crimes was the biggest child sexual exploitation case that Wiltshire Police has dealt with.

“This new sentence handed down today means Daniels will be in his eighties before he is considered for parole and we hope that provides some comfort for his victims, who are still coming to terms with what happened to them.

“I know the police officers and staff who worked so hard on this case also welcome today’s result and feel it is a more adequate punishment given the seriousness and severity of his crimes.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to publicly acknowledge the hard work of the investigation team, who worked tirelessly on this extremely long and complex case, and thank them for their dedication and commitment.”
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