Writing to the Attorney General. Re: The Potential Unduly Lenient Sentence of Adam Hulin
Here is a draft letter to the Attorney General raising concerns about the unduly lenient sentence of Adam Hulin who pled guilty of the oral rape and sexual assault by penetration of a young girl under the age of 13 last month.
Dear Mr Grieve,
Last month, 19-year-old Adam Hulin pleaded guilty of the oral rape and sexual assault by penetration of a young girl under the age of 13, crimes carried out in December 2012.
Despite the serious nature of these crimes, the jury in this case was discharged and the charge was not prosecuted, instead being allowed by Recorder George Lawson-Rogers QC to remain on file.
While a custodial sentence falls within sentencing guidelines for crimes of this magnitude, Mr Hulin was given a 12-month community order, ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and attend six sessions focusing on community integration. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge.
During sentencing, Mr Lawson-Rogers commented:
"The defendant is 19 and there is much to be said in his favour. I have heard about his background. He has clear prospects for the future and is pursuing these at this time.
"I consider this the appropriate disposal. I certainly wouldn’t want to do anything which would prejudice his future career."
I believe that this sentence, delivered on on 24th April 2014, is unduly lenient and does not reflect the serious nature of the crimes carried out by Mr Hulin, nor the young age of his victim. Furthermore, I find that the comments by Mr Lawson-Rogers demonstrate a worryingly tolerant attitude towards those found guilty of sex offences against children, and fail to place appropriate emphasis on the damage caused by sexual violence against women and girls.
Personal talents do not mitigate the effects of sexual violence, and the fact that Mr Lawson-Rogers chose to focus on the sporting prowess of Mr Hulin when deciding his sentence serves only to confirm my belief that the judgement in this case is unduly lenient.
Please reconsider this sentence accordingly.