February 2018

Cambridgeshire pervert who ordered child-sized sex doll has jail term cut

A Cambridgeshire pervert caught after he ordered a child-sized sex doll from China has had his jail term cut on appeal.

Marcus Hayden Woodward Miller, 56, of Fairhaven Close, Lode, was locked up for three years at Cambridge Crown Court on August 17 last year.

UK Border Force officers intercepted a package from China destined for Miller in October 2016.

It contained a child-sized sex doll with various accessories, Judge Richard Marks told London’s Appeal Court today.

Lawyers for Miller argued today (February 16) that his jail term was far too harsh and should be reduced.

And judges agreed, cutting the time he will spend in prison by a third.

Police searched Miller’s home and seized laptops and other storage devices.

They found a huge stash of child sexual abuse images with more than 15,000 images and videos.

Officers also discovered other child-sized dolls, a herbal cannabis plant and a stun gun.

Miller admitted making indecent photographs of a child as well as possession of extreme pornographic images and prohibited images of children.

He also pleaded guilty to cannabis production and possession of a prohibited weapon.

He had four previous convictions for 12 offences, the court heard.

But lawyers for Miller argued today (February 16) that his jail term was far too harsh.

They pointed to his age and ill-health as well as his lack of relevant convictions.

According to his lawyers, the stun device had been under the bed for years, with no batteries in it, and he had ‘forgotten about’ it.

Judge Marks, sitting with Lord Justice Davis and Mr Justice Nicol, said: “These offences were plainly so serious that only an immediate custodial sentence could be justified.

“We are, however, of the view that the sentence imposed was manifestly excessive.”

He highlighted the absence of any relevant previous convictions and noted that the stun gun was found in a box under Miller’s bed without batteries.

There was ‘no suggestion it had ever been used by him’, added the judge.

Miller’s jail term was cut by a third, to two years.