Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Sydney paedophile has sentence reduced

The Court of Criminal Appeal in Sydney has reduced the jail sentence of convicted paedophile Gary Featherstone by six years.

The 59-year-old former music teacher was sentenced to 13 years jail in 2006 after pleading guilty to 12 charges of indecently assaulting four young boys.

The assaults occurred between 1983 and 1989 on victims aged between 11 and 14.

At the time of sentencing, the judge described Featherstone as a predator who targeted vulnerable boys for his own pleasure.

But Featherstone today successfully appealed against the severity of his sentence.

He will now spend a minimum of seven years in jail and will be eligible for parole in September 2011.

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