June 2017

Paedophile who threatened to kill Victim has tried to claim his sentence was too long

A Swansea paedophile who preyed on two children more than two decades ago has been told by top judges he cannot complain about his jail term.

Robert Alexander Robertson raped both of his victims and threatened to kill one of them if she told anyone about the abuse.

The 56-year-old, of Hanover Street, Uplands, denied any wrongdoing but was found guilty of three counts of indecency with a child, three of rape and two of indecent assault.

He was jailed for 16 years, with an extended licence period of one year, at Swansea Crown Court in July last year.

Robertson today challenged his sentence at the Court of Appeal, in London, with his lawyers arguing it was far too tough.

But three senior judges rejected his bid for a lower jail term, saying 16 years was “wholly appropriate” for his crimes – which had a “profound effect” on the victims.

The court heard Robertson abused a boy and a girl in the 1990s, when they were both aged under 10.

He told his female victim he would kill her if she told anyone what he had done to her.

Judge Melbourne Inman QC said the court would have to correct technical issues with the way Robertson was sentenced.

But, dismissing his bid to have his jail term cut, the judge said the overall length of the sentence was “not excessive”.

Sitting with Lord Justice Hickinbottom and Mr Justice Holroyde, he added: “A total sentence with a custodial element of 16 years and an extension period of one year was wholly appropriate.”

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