Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bath-Snatch Pervert Planning an Appeal

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bath-Snatch Pervert Planning an Appeal

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Byline: By Paul McMillan

Paedophile Peter Voisey was today asking for leave to appeal against the life sentence he received for kidnapping and raping a six-year-old girl.

A one-day hearing has been fixed for today at the Criminal Court of Appeal in London.

If successful, a further hearing will go before three judges who will decide if Voisey's sentence was fair.

The 35-year-old from Blyth, Northumberland, was jailed for life by Judge David Hodson at Newcastle Crown Court in October 2006.

Currently, Voisey has to spend at least 10 years behind bars before he can be considered for release.

Judge Hodson had warned him: "I make it as plain as I can, this is a sentence of life imprisonment.

"You will only be released into the community when the parole board considers it is safe for you to be released.

"It may be you never will be released but that is a matter for others".

He also ordered Voisey to register as a sex offender for life and banned him under a disqualification order from ever working with children.

It was in December 2005 that he sneaked into a house in North Tyneside and lifted the girl from the bath as she played happily with her toys.

He drove her off in a waiting car then staged two horrific sex attacks before dumping her naked, bleeding and crying for her mother in the dark of a freezing back lane.

The abduction, just two days after Christmas, made the convicted paedophile one of the country's most notorious child molesters.

When he was sentenced, Voisey was told the short nights had brought back memories of the ordeal for the girl.

He denied the attack but, following a three-week trial, he was found guilty by a jury of rape, sexual assault and abduction.

He already had a conviction for indecently assaulting a 12-year-old girl in changing rooms at Macclesfield Leisure Centre in 2001.

Passing the life sentence, Judge Hodson told him "I'm in no doubt whatsoever that you are a dangerous, predatory man who poses a significant risk of causing serious harm. …

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