Sex-case Lancashire teacher has jail term cut

Lancashire Telegraph: SENTENCE Richard Duffy was found in woman’s bed SENTENCE Richard Duffy was found in woman’s bed

A FORMER Lancashire PE teacher who sneaked into a house and sexually assaulted a stranger as she slept next to her boyfriend has had his sentence cut by two years.

Richard Duffy, 33, was jailed for six years at Preston Crown Court in October last year after he admitted sexual assault.

But lawyers for Duffy, of The Crossing, Hoghton, said his sentence was over the top because the judge had treated the offence as if it was a rape.

Three senior judges at the Court of Appeal have agreed the six-year term was ‘manifestly excessive’ and sliced Duffy's sentence by a third — to four years.

Sir Anthony May told the court the victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had come home after a night out with her boyfriend in July last year and the couple went to bed as normal.

However, the woman woke up later that night to find a man, in the judge’s words, ‘slobbering over’ her and kissing her face.

The woman at first thought it was her boyfriend, but when Duffy, who taught at Primet High School, Colne, started saying ‘oh yeah, oh yeah’ and touched her, she realised it was a stranger and started screaming.

Duffy left the room and, though the woman's boyfriend ran after him, he managed to get away.

The police were called and the victim, who the judge said was left ser-iously traumatised by the attack, identified Duffy at a police ID parade.

His lawyers told judges his six-year sentence was too long because the judge had treated the offence as a rape rather than a sexual assault.

They said Duffy had been drunk at the time of the attack, which had ruined his career as a teacher.

Sir Anthony, sitting with Mr Justice Bean and Mr Justice Eder, agreed, and cut the prison sentence to four years.

He said: “We have fully considered this case; it was very serious and disturbing, offending and no doubt the victim will long suffer from the experience she under-went that early morning.

“Nevertheless, in our judgement this is not a case which should have been equated with full-scale rape.

“It was not rape.”

Duffy, who was a promising footballer having played for Accrington Stanley reserves, will be entitled to automatic release after serving half of his four-year sentence.

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10:41am Mon 28 Feb 11

Mikeee47 says...

What a fcuking Joke you appeal judges are, hey while you at it lets let em all go and have a free for all, what about the Victim?
What a fcuking Joke you appeal judges are, hey while you at it lets let em all go and have a free for all, what about the Victim? Mikeee47

1:14pm Mon 28 Feb 11

Ian_G says...

Oh, come on!!!

What this man did is everyone's worst nightmare.

When are the rights of the victim going to outweigh the 'rights' of the criminal?!?

This is totally wrong - this man is utter filth, he needs to rot in jail, not have his sentence cut!

Hopefully, he will have someone 'slobbering over' him during his time in prison.
Oh, come on!!! What this man did is everyone's worst nightmare. When are the rights of the victim going to outweigh the 'rights' of the criminal?!? This is totally wrong - this man is utter filth, he needs to rot in jail, not have his sentence cut! Hopefully, he will have someone 'slobbering over' him during his time in prison. Ian_G

1:34pm Mon 28 Feb 11

timeforcommonsense says...

When are we going to come to our senses and finally tell these people, "If you abuse and infringe peoples rights then you give up your own rights". These people don't act like normal, descent humans, why should they maintain the same human rights.
When are we going to come to our senses and finally tell these people, "If you abuse and infringe peoples rights then you give up your own rights". These people don't act like normal, descent humans, why should they maintain the same human rights. timeforcommonsense

4:36pm Mon 28 Feb 11

useyourhead says...

maybe any cut made should have been elsewhere!
maybe any cut made should have been elsewhere! useyourhead

6:21pm Mon 28 Feb 11

Common_Sense1 says...

complete joke. If this was the USA he'd be looking at 10 years plus. He'll now be out in 2 years for ruining this poor girls life. I know what I'd do when he was released if I were her boyfriend and I'd probably get a lot longer than 2 years!! (if I was caught)
complete joke. If this was the USA he'd be looking at 10 years plus. He'll now be out in 2 years for ruining this poor girls life. I know what I'd do when he was released if I were her boyfriend and I'd probably get a lot longer than 2 years!! (if I was caught) Common_Sense1

6:30pm Mon 28 Feb 11

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Very scary story, I would have expected him to be away for a long time. Something is very wrong with our justice system.
Very scary story, I would have expected him to be away for a long time. Something is very wrong with our justice system. Michael@ClitheroeSince58

7:11pm Mon 28 Feb 11

GetRealUIdiot says...

Says it all having a judge called Mr Bean on the appeal bench.....bloody joke, I`d have increased the sentence.
Says it all having a judge called Mr Bean on the appeal bench.....bloody joke, I`d have increased the sentence. GetRealUIdiot

7:17pm Mon 28 Feb 11

Dave Harwood says...

How much distress must this have caused the victim is anyones guess. The crown courts are just public school debating chambers with the old pals act ruling the way.
How much distress must this have caused the victim is anyones guess. The crown courts are just public school debating chambers with the old pals act ruling the way. Dave Harwood

10:17pm Tue 1 Mar 11

globetrot says...

These judges are unbelievable. Whats the difference between sexual assualt and rape? In my book they are both the same. I hope justice prevails, this guy gets his cumuppence in prison and the judges and magistrates involved in this case get sacked. The judicial system in the UK stinks and needs an overall.
These judges are unbelievable. Whats the difference between sexual assualt and rape? In my book they are both the same. I hope justice prevails, this guy gets his cumuppence in prison and the judges and magistrates involved in this case get sacked. The judicial system in the UK stinks and needs an overall. globetrot

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