A child sex offender has had his sentence increased following an intervention by the Solicitor General, The Rt Hon Lucy Frazer QC MP.
Anthony Pitts, 39, sexually abused two victims repeatedly over a 10-year period. On 21 June 2021, he was convicted of 13 sexual offences and sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment at Oxford Crown Court.
Following the Court’s decision, the Solicitor General referred Pitts’ case to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme. On 2 September 2021, the Court found his sentence to be unduly lenient and increased it to 18 years’ imprisonment, followed by 1 year on licence.
After the hearing at the Court of Appeal the Solicitor General, Rt Hon Lucy Frazer QC MP, said:
I am pleased that the Court of Appeal saw fit to increase Pitts’ sentence today. His crimes were horrific and long running. His victims have suffered because of his actions, and he has shown them a complete lack of remorse or empathy. I hope today’s decision will bring them some comfort.
It is indeed the responsibility of every adult to protect children against such sexual predators. Parents have the top most responsibility of protecting their own children.
Children falling victim to such sexual predators starts from the neglect or failure of parents to completely protect their own chidlren.
We recommend that every adult with a good heart protect every child in their purview so that such evil as this can be caught on time in our societies worldwide. People guilty of sexual acts on children indeed deserve life imprisonment, because predators will always be predators.