March 2018

Sutton paedophile who sexually abused 9-year-old girl has jail sentence cut by a quarter

A pervert who sexually abused a nine-year-old girl has had his sentenced slashed by a quarter on appeal.

Jose Agrela, 45, told police he was drinking heavily because of stress in his life when he groped the little girl and forced her to touch him indecently.

In September last year, Agrela, of Rose Hill, Sutton, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault of a child under 13.

He also admitted causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and was jailed for eight years at Croydon Crown Court.

But judges at London Criminal Appeal Court ruled on Thursday (March 1) that he was treated too harshly – and cut his sentence to six years.

The court heard the victim had kept her ordeal “under wraps” for years before bravely coming forward and pointing the finger at Agrela.

The sex attacks had “a catastrophic effect on the victim,” who later said there was “nothing she could do to end the pain” and that she had “contemplated suicide.”

Agrela blamed drink for his actions, and claimed he had no sexual motive.

He had “tried to take his life on more than one occasion” after the victim came forward, the court heard.

Lawyers for Agrela argued that the sentencing judge had taken too high a starting point before allowing a discount for his guilty plea.

Cutting two years off Agrela’s jail term, Judge Kinch, who was sitting with two other judges, said: “To that extent this appeal is allowed.”