Page last updated at 18:34 GMT, Thursday, 2 July 2009 19:34 UK

Gang rapists' sentences increased

Rogel McMorris (left) and Jason Brew
Rogel McMorris and Jason Brew were two of three men convicted of rape

Two young men involved in the gang-rape of a girl who was then attacked with caustic soda have had their sentences increased by the Court of Appeal.

The judges ruled that the terms being served by Rogel McMorris, 18, and Jason Brew, 19, were unduly lenient.

McMorris who was convicted of two rape counts and one of causing grievous bodily harm, had his sentence increased from nine years to 14 years.

Brew had his six-year sentence for one count of rape increased to nine years.

I believed the sentences in this case... did not reflect the dehumanising treatment of the victim
Baroness Scotland

The judges decided not to increase the sentence imposed on Hector Muaimba, 21, an Angolan immigrant, who was also found guilty of one charge of rape.

He was sentenced to six years for the attack and is serving an additional two years for a separate Old Bailey conviction for robbery.

McMorris and Brew, both from Haringey, north London, and Muaimba, from Waltham Forest, east London, were jailed at London's Wood Green Crown Court on 19 January.

The 16-year-old victim, who had a mental age of just eight, was disfigured for life in the attack in Tottenham, north London.

'Appalling injuries'

The sentences were referred to the Court of Appeal by Attorney General Baroness Scotland, to determine whether they should have been given longer sentences.

Lady Scotland said: "This was a horrific case and I believed the sentences in this case were unduly lenient because they did not reflect the dehumanising treatment of the victim.

"I am pleased that the court agreed with this assessment and decided to increase two of the three sentences from nine to 14 years and six to nine years respectively."

Lord Justice Judge said the crimes were "truly shocking cases" and the victim suffered "appalling injuries".

He pointed out that Brew and Muaimba were not alleged to have had any involvement in the attack with the caustic soda.

Learning disability charity Mencap welcomed the tougher sentences.



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