9:01am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
A GWENT pervert who was jailed after using social media to contact and abuse an underage girl had his "manifestly excessive" sentence slashed by top judges at the Court of Appeal.
Kane Thomas, 21, of Highmead, Pontllanfraith, Blackwood, contacted two teenagers via Facebook and used the site to worm his way into their affections before abusing one of them.
In May, he was jailed for four years and eight months at Cardiff Crown Court, but yesterday had the sentence cut by a year by Lord Justice Davis, Mr Justice Spencer and Judge Peter Rook QC.
Giving judgment, Judge Rook said the sentence, imposed for counts of sexual activity with a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, was too long and had to be reduced.
The London court heard Thomas made contact with the first girl via the web network and arranged to meet her to engage in sex play. She was almost 15 years old, although Thomas thought she was almost 16.
A second girl was contacted when she was only 13 or 14, Thomas repeatedly trying to convince her to meet for sexual activity in sordid private messages, said the judge.
After he was caught, Thomas admitted he had been "stupid, immature and selfish" and was assessed by experts as posing a low risk of reconviction.
More recently, he has been tested and found to suffer from autistic spectrum disorder, which will require specialist help when he is released from custody.
His lawyers today argued that, although the individual sentences were appropriate for the individual offences, when added together they produced a total which was "manifestly excessive".
Allowing the appeal, Judge Rook noted his previous good character and his disorder, described his actions as "predatory" but said the sentencing judge paid insufficient regard to totality.
The sentence was cut to three years and eight months.
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