Judges overturn Nuneaton pervert’s “unduly lenient” sentence
A pervert who escaped being locked up after groping a 12-year-old girl has been jailed by top judges at the second time of asking.
Kevin Ryan, from Radnor Drive, Nuneaton, molested the victim after “tickling” her.
The 64-year-old was convicted of sexual assault on a child in April.
He was handed a two-year suspended sentence at Warwick Crown Court.
But the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC, attacked his sentence as “unduly lenient” and referred the case for top judges to look at again.
Today at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, Lord Justice Holroyde ruled Ryan should not have walked free – and jailed him for three years.
The judge said Ryan had avoided prison after the crown court heard he was suffering a “depressive episode” at the time of the attack.
He was a “hard-working man of positive good character” and “his behaviour on that occasion had been completely out of character”, his lawyers argued.
Lord Justice Holroyde, sitting with two other judges, said: “We can well understand why the judge thought it an appropriate case to show leniency.
“However, we are driven to the conclusion that the judge fell into error. This was, by its character, a serious offence.
“The victim was only 12 years old and the offence has caused her serious harm.
“Mr Ryan must have known that it was seriously wrong to assault the victim in the sexual way he did.
“We substitute a sentence of three years’ imprisonment which must be served immediately,” the judge concluded.
Ryan must now hand himself in to his local police station in Nuneaton to begin serving his jail time.
At the time of his original sentence in April, the victim’s mum spoke to CoventryLive about her anger at Ryan not being sent to jail.
“I am very, very annoyed at the suspended sentence which the judge said was because it was a moment of madness,” said the girl’s mum, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.
“If someone murdered someone in a moment of madness they would not walk free, they’d be jailed.
“I am angry, he shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it.
She fumed: “I can’t believe a jury can find him guilty and he doesn’t get jailed.”
Paedophile spared jail
A paedophile who caused a 12-year-old girl to self harm after he sexually assaulted her has been spared jail by a judge who unbelievably said he suffered a ‘moment of madness’.
Kevin Ryan, 64, groped the schoolgirl as she watched TV in the living room after visiting his home.
The former businessman (pictured above) shoved his hand into her underwear and only stopped when she replied that she did not like what he was doing.
Ryan, of Nuneaton, Warwickshire, was found guilty following a trial at Warwick Crown Court.
He was sentenced to two years in prison suspended for two years and ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years.
But he was spared jail when a judge heard his wife had lost her job at the school where she worked and described Ryan as a ‘caring, family man’.
Judge Sylvia de Bertodano said: ‘It was a moment of madness.’
She added: ‘It lasted a very short period of time. You asked her if she wanted you to stop and she said “yes”, and you did so.’
The court heard that Ryan assaulted the victim when she was at his home in 2016.
Prosecutor Stefan Kolodynski said Ryan asked the girl if she was going to tell anyone what had happened, and she said she was not.
But back at their own home, her mother noticed a change in her behaviour and that she was crying in her room.
Mr Kolodynski added: ‘It was not until a few days later that, while they were out shopping, the girl said she wanted to tell her something.
‘She revealed that Ryan had “done naughty things” to her, and described what had taken place.’
The court heard the girl’s mother says the incident has had a severe effect on her personality, and that there has been ‘significant self-harm’.