Page last updated at 18:16 GMT, Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Call for review into sentence of teenage rapist

The attorney general has been urged to review a sentence given to a teenage rapist from Stoke-on-Trent.

Balal Khan, 14, was sentenced to three years in a young offenders institution at Stoke Crown Court after he admitted raping and robbing a 20-year-old woman.

Monmouth MP David Davies, a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said the punishment was disgraceful.

A spokesman said she was sure the attorney general would consider a referral to the Court of Appeal.

'Disgraceful sentence'

Conservative MP Mr Davies said: "Balal Khan was this week sentenced to just three years for a violent rape.

"Will you refer this disgraceful sentence to the attorney general and also investigate his parents and the community to find out how this young man could have such a complete disregard for woman's rights?"

Deputy Labour Leader Harriet Harman, standing in for Gordon Brown at Prime Minister's Questions, said she was sure the Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, would consider a referral to the Court of Appeal.

Khan was 13 at the time of the attack in Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent, which happened last year.

Print Sponsor

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific