Former Christchurch firefighter David Bryant who was jailed for raping schoolboy has sentence increased

Bournemouth Echo: David Bryant David Bryant

THE former Christchurch firefighter who was jailed for raping a schoolboy had his “unduly lenient” sentence increased by appeal judges yesterday.

David Bryant, 63, of Grove Road East, was convicted of the offence last year and jailed at Bournemouth Crown Court in January for six years by Judge Samuel Wiggs.

The court had heard that Bryant, along with colleague Dennis Goodman, now deceased, had taken turns to attack their victim, Danny Day, who was 14 at the time and waived his right to anonymity after the trial, after taking him to play darts at Christchurch fire station in 1977.

Mr Day was inspired to speak up more than 30 years later by the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Yesterday, after a reference to the Court of Appeal by the solicitor general, Oliver Heald, three senior judges increased the term to eight-and-a-half years.

Lord Justice Treacy said the six-year term did not properly reflect the aggravating features of the case, including the devastating impact on Mr Day’s life.

The court heard the then 14-year-old met Bryant and Mr Goodman, who was in his 40s, when they drank in the club where he worked.

Yesterday barrister Alison Morgan, representing the solicitor general, argued that although Bryant had lived a blameless life since the offence and had worked in the community and for charities, that did not justify such a short sentence for such a serious crime.

“We maintain that this offence must have involved planning between this offender and Goodman. This could not have been a spontaneous event.”

Giving judgment, Lord Justice Treacy, who considered the case with Mr Justice Sweeney and Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, said the impact on Mr Day’s life could not be overlooked.

“This offence was not one which was complete when the physical act was over, but instead was something which has remained with the victim over the years in a harmful way,” he said.

In a victim impact statement, Mr Day, who sat in court throughout the hearing, said he felt as though he had been robbed of 35 years of his life, since the memories were always with him.

The judge concluded: “We accept the solicitor general’s submission that the sentence was an unduly lenient one. It didn’t adequately reflect the aggravating features of the offence and it afforded too much weight to the available mitigation.

“In our judgment, balancing the aggravating and mitigating features the minimum appropriate sentence in this case is one of eight-and-a-half years.”

Leniency

SENTENCING Bryant at Bournemouth Crown Court in January, Judge Samuel Wiggs said he was jailing him for the least possible time he was allowed, reduced from a starting point for the offence of ten years imprisonment.

“It is difficult to think of anybody who has shown, over the years, a stronger sense of civic and public duty than you have,” he said.

“It may be as your counsel said: that you were trying to repay in some way what you did on that day almost 40 years ago.”

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7:14am Fri 4 Apr 14

Huey says...

Urgggggh
Urgggggh Huey
  • Score: -2

7:29am Fri 4 Apr 14

BIGTONE says...

Backfire.......
Backfire....... BIGTONE
  • Score: 4

8:04am Fri 4 Apr 14

poolebabe says...

It was unduly lenient and judge Wings summing up was a big insult to the victim. Suggesting that Bryant had in some way paid his dues through his civil duties. His civic duties were a lie. I still don't understand why, where there is a starting point of ten years, do they sentence eight and a half, but at least it was increased. It's easy to understand why Wiggs is nicknamed the paedo's friend.
It was unduly lenient and judge Wings summing up was a big insult to the victim. Suggesting that Bryant had in some way paid his dues through his civil duties. His civic duties were a lie. I still don't understand why, where there is a starting point of ten years, do they sentence eight and a half, but at least it was increased. It's easy to understand why Wiggs is nicknamed the paedo's friend. poolebabe
  • Score: 31

8:16am Fri 4 Apr 14

Hessenford says...

Good result, the filthy scumbag deserves every day of his sentence, shame it wasn't longer.
Good result, the filthy scumbag deserves every day of his sentence, shame it wasn't longer. Hessenford
  • Score: 31

9:10am Fri 4 Apr 14

skydriver says...

Yet another cost by way of a second court hearing because Wigg is not capable of doing his job very well. Why are these judges not reprimanded for doing an poor work, do these people not have appraisals.? Clearly not otherwise he would be out of work,
Yet another cost by way of a second court hearing because Wigg is not capable of doing his job very well. Why are these judges not reprimanded for doing an poor work, do these people not have appraisals.? Clearly not otherwise he would be out of work, skydriver
  • Score: 19

9:42am Fri 4 Apr 14

Bournemouth87 says...

Why do they still allow Wiggs to sentance criminals. They all get take to appeal (tax payers paying) and sentance increased. Wiggs save us money and give appropriate sentances, no more leniencey for any reason. If someone has comitted a serious crime like this then it is completley irrelivent what civil duties they have done, he abused a child nothing makes up for that EVER.
Why do they still allow Wiggs to sentance criminals. They all get take to appeal (tax payers paying) and sentance increased. Wiggs save us money and give appropriate sentances, no more leniencey for any reason. If someone has comitted a serious crime like this then it is completley irrelivent what civil duties they have done, he abused a child nothing makes up for that EVER. Bournemouth87
  • Score: 17

10:32am Fri 4 Apr 14

BournemouthMum says...

I loathe his type - masquerading as a 'pillar of the community' when all the while he was hiding a sinister act from all those who knew, trusted and respected him. Despicable creature. I bet some people are refusing to acknowledge his guilt 'he couldn't possibly have done that he's such a nice man' etc.

The evil perv has got his comeuppance. Well done Danny Day for having the courage to bring this to court. I bet he thought he'd got away with it.
I loathe his type - masquerading as a 'pillar of the community' when all the while he was hiding a sinister act from all those who knew, trusted and respected him. Despicable creature. I bet some people are refusing to acknowledge his guilt 'he couldn't possibly have done that he's such a nice man' etc. The evil perv has got his comeuppance. Well done Danny Day for having the courage to bring this to court. I bet he thought he'd got away with it. BournemouthMum
  • Score: 34

2:23pm Fri 4 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

Best news for ages.
Best news for ages. pete woodley
  • Score: 7

2:58pm Fri 4 Apr 14

smhinto says...

This idiot should be publicly roasted on a spit as an example.
This idiot should be publicly roasted on a spit as an example. smhinto
  • Score: 4

4:25pm Fri 4 Apr 14

gallant girl says...

Perhaps now all the doubters of Bryant's guilt will stop defending him and shut up!
Perhaps now all the doubters of Bryant's guilt will stop defending him and shut up! gallant girl
  • Score: 10

9:49pm Fri 4 Apr 14

poolebabe says...

BournemouthMum wrote:
I loathe his type - masquerading as a 'pillar of the community' when all the while he was hiding a sinister act from all those who knew, trusted and respected him. Despicable creature. I bet some people are refusing to acknowledge his guilt 'he couldn't possibly have done that he's such a nice man' etc.

The evil perv has got his comeuppance. Well done Danny Day for having the courage to bring this to court. I bet he thought he'd got away with it.
Nicely said!
[quote][p][bold]BournemouthMum[/bold] wrote: I loathe his type - masquerading as a 'pillar of the community' when all the while he was hiding a sinister act from all those who knew, trusted and respected him. Despicable creature. I bet some people are refusing to acknowledge his guilt 'he couldn't possibly have done that he's such a nice man' etc. The evil perv has got his comeuppance. Well done Danny Day for having the courage to bring this to court. I bet he thought he'd got away with it.[/p][/quote]Nicely said! poolebabe
  • Score: 5

11:39pm Fri 4 Apr 14

shaft says...

I wonder how many members on the Christchurch council backed this SCUMBAG before sentencing?
NAME AND SHAME THEM.
I wonder how many members on the Christchurch council backed this SCUMBAG before sentencing? NAME AND SHAME THEM. shaft
  • Score: 6

5:51pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Johns66 says...

Thank you all for your support during this time , and know I hope that the people who said no he never done that or all the idiots that stated historic crimes like this should have a time limit on them will understand Its in the title historic. Many thanks. Danny d x
Thank you all for your support during this time , and know I hope that the people who said no he never done that or all the idiots that stated historic crimes like this should have a time limit on them will understand Its in the title historic. Many thanks. Danny d x Johns66
  • Score: 0

6:54pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Yankee1 says...

Wiggs' incompetence indicates a clear need for an OFJUDGE.

I hope the victims sues the guilty many for every penny he has in civil court.

(I bet he signed everything over to another person to avoid that.)
Wiggs' incompetence indicates a clear need for an OFJUDGE. I hope the victims sues the guilty many for every penny he has in civil court. (I bet he signed everything over to another person to avoid that.) Yankee1
  • Score: 1

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