Wiltshire Police Commissioner calls for harsher sentence of prolific sex offender Peter Daniels

By Jamie Hill - 11 February 2019


Solicitor General and South Swindon MP Robert Buckland is being called upon by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire Angus Macpherson to review the 'lenient' sentence.

Following the sentencing of prolific sex offender Peter Daniels, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon has decided to comment on the jail term given on Thursday last week (07/02). 

Daniels, 70, Salisbury, described as Wiltshire's most prolific sex offender, was sentenced last week to six life sentences for 78 offences of child sex abuse against 22 young victims between just two and 15-years-old.

PCC and Chairman of the Wiltshire Criminal Justice Board Angus Macpherson said: “I feel the sentence handed down may be unduly lenient.  It certainly does not reflect the public view on the seriousness of this man's despicable crimes and what he put his young, innocent victims and their families through.

"Six life sentences may seem enough but in real terms he could serve a maximum of 18 years and be out after just nine years; this falls way below the expectations of the victims, their families and the general public.

"I have spoken today to the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland MP, to seek guidance.

"As I result of that conversation I will be formally writing Mr Buckland to express the concerns that have been raised."

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