May 2016

Reading sex offender who plied teen with drink and drugs fails to reduce sentence

A Reading sex offender who gave a young teenager drink and drugs as he abused her deserves every day of his prison sentence, top judges today said.

Heroin user Robert Lees Alexander, 49, of Caversham Road, used the vulnerable youngster to satisfy his sick sexual desires.

He admitted sexual activity with a child and was jailed for 12 years at Swindon Crown Court last November.

Today, rejecting an appeal against the sentence, Mr Justice Globe said the term was tough, but not too severe for Alexander’s abuse of the girl.

In a hearing on Tuesday, May 24, he told London’s Court of Appeal “In the end analysis, this was extremely serious offending.”

‘A total sentence of 12 years was a severe sentence, but it wasn’t one that was manifestly excessive.’

The court heard Alexander was high on drink and drugs when he abused the vulnerable teenager.

Judge: “The taking of drugs and alcohol are an unattractive feature of the case”.

He gave her alcohol and heroin and they had sex before she reached her 16th birthday.

Although evidence suggested she consented, the girl later said she had felt ‘ashamed’ and ‘scared’ and was left psychologically damaged.

Lawyers for Alexander, who had no sexual offending in his past, argued today that the sentence he received was over the top.

But Mr Justice Globe, sitting with Lord Justice Hamblen and Judge John Wait QC, said the term was fully justified.

He said: “The taking of drugs and alcohol are an unattractive feature of the case”.

The appeal was refused.