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Baby rapists' sentences 'lenient'
Alan Webster and Tanya French
Alan Webster and Tanya French were both jailed in January
The attorney general is to appeal against the "unduly lenient" sentences handed out to a couple who were jailed for raping a 12-week-old baby.

Alan Webster, 40, and his girlfriend Tanya French, 19, both from Hatfield in Hertfordshire, had pleaded guilty to rape and making indecent images.

In January, Webster was given a life sentence, with a 12-year tariff, and French was jailed for five years.

The Court of Appeal is now being asked to review the jail terms.

Attorney General Lord Goldsmith QC said he would ask the court to increase the jail terms given to the pair.

Webster was jailed for life after pleading guilty to rape, indecent assault, permitting indecent images to be taken of a child and making indecent images - he was told he must serve a minimum of 12 years before being considered for parole.

Call for review

French, 19, was jailed for five years and given an extended licence period of five years after admitting the same charges.

The baby's mother criticised the sentences given to the pair as a "joke".

She said they should serve at least 25 years for their sickening attacks.

A spokesman for Lord Goldsmith said: "The attorney general has carefully considered the evidence in the case of Alan Webster and Tanya French and he considers it to be exceptional.

"He has concluded that the sentences imposed were unduly lenient and that it is right for the Court of Appeal to review them.

"It is now for the Court of Appeal to decide and no further comment would be appropriate until the hearing itself."


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