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Keswick child sex offender has sentence increased

Duncan Waterhouse
Duncan Waterhouse

[A] child sex offender from Keswick has had his prison sentenced increased following a hearing at the Court of Appeal today (July 5th).

Duncan Waterhouse, 45, of Coleridge Court, was originally sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court in April after pleading guilty to 20 offences.

He was sent to prison for 8 years and told he would also serve 5 years on licence once he had been released.

Today the Court of Appeal added an extra 4 years to his sentence, meaning he will spend 12 years behind bars. The additional license period remains the same.

Detective Constable Paul Scougal: “Waterhouse is a predatory paedophile and a dangerous offender and I am pleased that the original sentence was ruled as being too lenient. We agree with the judge who described Waterhouse as a ‘warped man with warped views’.

“He seriously damaged the lives of four young victims and their families have also welcomed the news that he will spend more time in prison.”

A spokesperson for the Attorney General’s Office said: “The original sentence did not reflect the very significant impact the offending had upon his victims and their families.”

Isla Chilton, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: “The Crown Prosecution Service took a view that the sentence Duncan Waterhouse was given did not reflect the seriousness of the crimes he had committed or the risk to the public upon his release from prison.  I am grateful that the Attorney General and the Court of Appeal after careful consideration have agreed with this view and increased his sentence.

“Duncan Waterhouse carried out sexual abuse on impressionable girls over a significant period of time.

“The sexual abuse of young people strips away their innocence and their trust in adults who they should be able to look up to as future role models. It has long lasting impacts on their lives, not only at the time but well into their adult lives and could have significant effects on all their future relationships.

“The four victims have shown immense bravery in coming forward and taking a stand against their abuser, which resulted in Waterhouse pleading guilty to the offences he faced.  I sincerely hope that following today’s sentence, they can begin to move on with their lives in the knowledge that justice has been served.

“We are committed to bringing those who have carried out such offences before the courts and will continue to work with the police and other agencies to support victims in every possible way throughout the process.”

At the earlier hearing Waterhouse was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely.

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