Court Slammed After Judge Takes Prison Off The Table For Pedophile With Bad Back

John Chappell, a 60-year-old sexual predator, has not been imprisoned after his lawyers successfully argued that his “bad back” would be a source of “considerable discomfort” if he were jailed. This disappointing news comes after Chappell was finally arrested for the horrifying sexual crimes he committed over 40 years ago.

Chappell first appeared on the police’s radar in 1974 when he was accused of performing “indecent acts” on two young girls, aged below 14 years old. According to the Metro, the disgusting incident occurred while the trio were playing a game of hide-and-go-seek.

During the game, Chappell, who was only 17 years old, pressured the young girls into performing sexual acts on him.

Chappell continued to prey upon young girls, and was charged and convicted of a similar offence when he was 18 years old. However, because of his youth, the judge, believing that Chappell had no knowledge of the girl’s age, gave the reprehensible man a conditional discharge.

Not long afterwards, Chappell was fined £300 in 1977 after being charged with “gross indecency with a child.” When these court documents surfaced today, Plymouth investigators noticed Chappell’s horrifying pattern of sexual abuse and sexual assault. Subsequently, the investigators demanded that the Plymouth Crown Court pursue justice for the girls Chappell abused.

However, the presiding judge, Ian Lawrie, has decided not to imprison Chappell, sentencing the old man to a suspended prison sentence instead of a jail term. When asked about his decision, Judge Lawrie told local media outlets that he had to consider Chappell’s spinal injury.

“This would cause you considerable discomfort in prison,” he told Chappell in Court. “The sentence is designed to punish you and is not an exercise in revenge, much as that might be the wish of those who suffered at your hands.”

The prosecutor, Emily Pitts, attempted to dissuade Judge Lawrie from his decision, highlighting the numerous times that Chappell had abused his first and second victim. Speaking about the first girl, Ms. Pitts said: “She told a couple of people over the years before it all came out at a funeral.”

Jason Beal, the defense for Chappell, emphasized that his client regretted his actions and had already apologized to his victims in a lengthy letter.

“Shame will inevitably flow from the prison sentence imposed upon him,” said Mr. Beal. “Some who receive a suspended prison sentence will think they have got away with it. That is not the situation in this case. He is 60 years old and had been away from the courts for 40 years. He has managed to carve out a new life and work successfully until his retirement.”

Despite giving Chappell a suspended prison sentence, it appears that Judge Lawrie still holds the man in considerable contempt. “These offenses were against vulnerable children,” said Judge Lawrie. “They were vulnerable because of their age and lack of experience of life.”

Judge Lawrie also warned Chappell that if he had sexually abused his victims after 2003 – the year that tougher laws were put in place against sexual predators – he would be facing much harsher punishment today.

Source: Metro
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