July 2017

Chichester paedophile has sentence increased

A convicted paedophile hung his head as he saw his ‘unduly lenient’ ten-year sentence for child sex crimes upped to 15 years.

Tony Monery, 56, of Swanfield Drive, Chichester, raped and assaulted a vulnerable schoolgirl, telling her he loved her and would not harm her, a court heard.

She reported the abuse to police and in May Monery was jailed at Chichester Crown Court for ten sexual offences.

On Thursday, July 20, the case was back in court in London, where three of the country’s senior judges increased the sentence to 15 years.

Monery watched via a video link from prison and lowered his head as Lord Justice Gross ordered that his sentence be extended. “In our judgment, this was a very bad case – it involved the commission of serious offences,” said the judge.

“He fought the case, thus forcing the victim to relive the abuse. The defence sought to blame the victim.”

The court heard Monery had denied any wrongdoing, claiming that the victim had initiated a sexual relationship.

But following his conviction for two rapes, attempted rape and seven indecent assaults in May, she said her ordeal had made her life ‘extremely hard’.

She was ‘angry and upset’ at the allegations made against her in court by Monery and his defence lawyers.

The case reached the Court of Appeal after a reference by attorney general Jeremy Wright QC on the basis that the original ten-year sentence was too lenient.

Passing judgment, Lord Justice Gross, sitting with Mrs Justice May and Sir Andrew Smith, said: “It was necessary to ensure that the total sentence reflected the gravity of the offending behaviour.

May 2017

Man jailed over string of sex crimes against young girl

A paedophile has been jailed for ten years for a string of sex crimes including the rape of a child.

Tony Monery, 56, a sales representative, now of Swanfield Drive, Chichester, was sentenced to a total of ten years imprisonment at Brighton Crown Court on Friday.

He was convicted after a four-day trial of a series of sexual assaults in Worthing, spanning three years, on a young girl he knew.

He was convicted of seven counts of indecent assault, one attempted rape and one rape between 1999 and 2001 on the girl who was aged between 12 and 15 at the time. 

Monery will be a registered sex offender for life. 

Detective constable Graham Gray of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said: “Monery gained the confidence of this young girl and systematically abused her for three years.

“Only in 2014 did she feel able to come forward and tell us what had happened to her.”

Monery made no comment in interview and pleaded not guilty throughout.

The victim had to face cross-examination in court.

The victim said: “The reason I came forward after so long is that he showed no remorse and I believe he needed to know he was in the wrong and I deserved justice.

“Now he has been found guilty I feel a great sense of relief and I can finally move forward with my life.” 

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