Sex assault pensioner appeal failure

A LOTTERY winner who sexually molested two girls and a woman at parties has failed in an appeal to reduce his prison term.Rodney Thomas Hogan, 65, of Fitzgerald Road, Bramford, near Ipswich, was jailed for two years after being found guilty of three counts of indecent assault at Ipswich Crown Court on October 26, 2007.

A LOTTERY winner who sexually molested two girls and a woman at parties has failed in an appeal to reduce his prison term.

Rodney Thomas Hogan, 65, of Fitzgerald Road, Bramford, near Ipswich, was jailed for two years after being found guilty of three counts of indecent assault at Ipswich Crown Court on October 26, 2007.

The unsuccessful appeal means Hogan, who is being kept in a hospital wing of Norwich Prison because he has Parkinson's disease and diabetes, will remain behind bars until October this year at the earliest.

His wife Rita said she was “absolutely shattered” by the news and fears she will have to break it to her husband who was too ill to attend court.

She said: “I'm going to visit him today and I don't know how he's going to be.

“He is so ill and has lost so much weight.

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“He's normally a happy, jolly, intelligent man but he just seems to have lost interest. “I don't know what I can do now or who to turn to.”

At a hearing at London's Criminal Appeal Court, the former police officer's lawyers argued his sentence was too long and his various ailments had been fully considered.

Mr Justice Silber, sitting with Lord Justice Hooper and Mr Justice Underhill, said the offences had all taken place over a period of three years.

At a Christmas party, Hogan kissed a teenage girl and touched her under her top before later exposing himself to a woman and urging her to touch him indecently.

The third offence was committed at another party, at which Hogan allegedly indecently touched another teenage girl.

Mr Justice Silber told the Appeal Court: "Hogan was a man of previous good character and has also got a commendable work record, having served at different times in his life as a police officer and a chief fire and safety officer at the Felixstowe Docks.

"The basis for this appeal was that this sentence was manifestly excessive, bearing in mind there was no penetration or touching in the genital area."

He said the judge at Hogan's trial had the benefit of seeing the two girls give evidence and had concluded that Hogan's actions had caused them to suffer over a number of years.

He added: "This is born out by clear victim impact statements which show the serious consequences for the victims.

"A final matter is that Hogan has shown no remorse."

Hogan, 65, and his wife Rita won a massive £77,058 following a National Lottery draw on New Year's Day 1998.

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