January 2018

Illiterate paedophile rapist has his ‘unduly lenient’ sentence increased

A paedophile jailed for raping a teenage girl will spend more time behind bars after judges ruled his sentence was “unduly lenient”.

Christopher Mervin Tucker, 71, of Bascraft Way, Godmanchester, previously admitted twice raping his victim, who was under 13 at the time of the first attack.

The horrific abuse took place between 2003 and 2016 and only came to light in October 2016 when the girl approached police.

Tucker was sentenced to 11 years in jail in November 2017.

In a review of the case at the Court of Appeal in London today (January 16), Judge Sir Brian Leveson extended his “unduly lenient” term to 16 years.

The judge said that was the very least that Tucker deserved for his attacks on the girl.

Tucker’s case was referred to the court by solicitor general, Robert Buckland, on the grounds that 11 years was too soft.

Tucker appeared for his hearing via a video link from Peterborough Prison.