Child rapist has appeal rejected

A CHILD rapist who committed foul sex attacks on two underage girls has had a challenge to his indefinite jail sentence rejected by top judges.

Raymond George Sussex, 52, of Hastings, raped a 12-year-old girl and also subjected her to a horrifying catalogue of other sex attacks.

Sussex also carried out perverted acts on another underage girl.

He pleaded guilty to offences in relation to that second victim, and was convicted by a jury of rape, indecent assault and indecency with a child in relation to the first victim in September 2009 at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

He was sentenced to imprisonment for public protection (IPP) - an indefinite jail term which is almost identical to a life sentence.

He was told he must serve a minimum of six-and-a-half years behind bars before he could even apply for parole.

On Tuesday, he asked Lord Justice Richards, Mr Justice Calvert Smith and Mr Justice Underhill, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, to overturn the open-ended IPP sentence, which is reserved for dangerous offenders.

Lawyers for Sussex argued that some of the offences took place before IPP sentences were introduced in 2003. They also claimed the six-and-a-half-year minimum term was too high.

But, rejecting his application, Lord Jusice Richard said: “There was nothing wrong with the judge sentencing the older offences under the old regime and the later ones under the new regime.”

Turning to the minimum term, he went on: “In our judgement the sentence imposed was one which was properly open to the judge. We are not persuaded that the sentence was manifestly excessive.”