Paedophile appeals against sentence

A PAEDOPHILE jailed indefinitely after being caught in a newspaper sting is appealing against the sentence which could see him behind bars for the rest of his life.

A PAEDOPHILE jailed indefinitely after being caught in a newspaper sting is appealing against the sentence which could see him behind bars for the rest of his life.

Peter Warren, 48, of Rushmere Road, Ipswich, arranged to meet an undercover reporter who had been posing as an underage girl in an internet chatroom in May 2005.

At Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court last July he admitted trying to groom a young girl for sex and was given an indefinite term of imprisonment.

The sentence means he cannot be freed until the parole board are satisfied he is no longer a danger to the public - and must serve at least two years before they even consider his case.


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However a top judge has said the term of imprisonment for public protection (IPP) could be quashed if measures can be put in place to protect young girls when he is released.

This could include a ban on him owning a computer or using one once he is released.

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At the Court of Appeal this week, Lady Justice Hallet, sitting with Mr Justice David Steel and Judge Ann Goddard QC were told Warren had completed a sex offender treatment programme behind bars.

The judges adjourned the case to allow Warren's legal team to talk with probation staff.

Police swooped on the part-time Argos warehouseman who lived with two brothers at their elderly parents' home when he went to meet a girl he believed to be called Charlotte in an east London park.

But it turned out the girl was a reporter working for the News Of The World, and when he arrived at the meeting place he was arrested.

He had sent the same reporter pornographic pictures when she had posed as a 13-year-old girl on a previous occasion.

Do you think Warren's sentence was fair? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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