July 2018

‘Wicked monster’ jailed for hideous child abuse smirks at judge in court

A paedophile who was jailed for the “monstrous” abuse of a young girl deserved every day of his 22-year jail term, judges today ruled.

William James Harman, 42 and of Baker Street in Weston-super-Mare, subjected the youngster to depraved attacks before she was even 13.

He was convicted of a string of offences, including rape, at Bristol Crown Court and jailed in February.

Considered a “dangerous offender”, the pervert was also ordered to serve an additional six years on extended licence after his release.

Today (July 6) via a video link from prison, he tried to have the term cut, but shook his head and smirked as three senior judges upheld the 22-year sentence

Judge Martyn Zeidman QC said Harman had been assessed by a probation officer, who found that he poses “a high risk of harm to children”.

“It seemed reasonable to assert that he had a very strong sexual attraction to children,” he continued.

“This offending was described as deeply disturbing and he was unable to demonstrate any insight or understanding.”

The offences were aggravated by “significant planning” and the fact that Harman had recorded what he did, the judge continued.

His lawyers argued that the 22-year term was too tough and the crown court judge was wrong to find Harman dangerous.

But Judge Zeidman, sitting at the Court of Appeal in London with Lord Justice Hamblen and Sir John Royce, dismissed the appeal.

“We have no doubt that the sentencing judge was entitled to reach the conclusion that William Harman was dangerous,” said Judge Zeidman.

“The sentence was undoubtedly severe, but it reflects properly the horror of what was done to this young child.”

The term of 22 years’ custody, with six years’ extended licence, was upheld.

Harman pleaded guilty to 80 acts of abuse. When he was jailed earlier this year, he was described as a ‘wicked monster’ for the ‘hideous’ abuse.

Bristol Crown Court heart how he repeatedly sexually abused the girl – who was subjected to hideous sexual assaults until she told her teacher.

During his sentencing, Judge Julian Lambert said: “You can properly be described as a wicked monster who took all joy from a girl’s life.

“There is understandable public outrage at crimes of this nature. Given the strength of public feeling I consider that retribution has a very large part to play in the sentencing exercise.

“There is no case for treatment and rehabilitation outside prison.”

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