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Wednesday, 5 February, 2003, 08:57 GMT
Psychiatrist rape sentence 'too short'
Christopher Allison
Allison was jailed for a total of eight years
The Crown Prosecution Service is seeking an increase on the sentence handed out to a consultant psychiatrist convicted of raping women patients.

Christopher Allison, 60, was jailed for eight years on 10 December last year after being found guilty of nine counts of indecent assault and two counts of rape.

The offences took place over a 14 year period at clinics in Ashford and Canterbury in Kent, Oxford, and more recently in Basingstoke, Hants.

The case will now go to the Court of Appeal.

Following the trial at Winchester Crown Court Judge Hooton said:

"You were in as important a position of trust to your patients as it's possible to be.

"They relied on you to help them and you betrayed them for your own selfish sexual purposes."

Police described Allison as a "serial sex offender" and said four more women had come forward since the start of the trial alleging they were sexually assaulted by him.

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"Between 1983 and 1997 he befriended and then attacked the women"
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