Victim of child rapist David Bryant speaks out after sentence is increased at Court of Appeal

VICTIM: Danny Day, 50, waived his right to anonymity to encourage other victims of historic sexual offences to come forward

JUSTICE: David Bryant

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THE victim of child rapist David Bryant said “justice was served” after his attacker had his sentence increased this week.

Retired firefighter David Bryant, 63, was convicted of raping a 14-year-old boy with colleague Dennis Goodman after taking him to play darts at Christchurch Fire Station in 1977, and jailed for six years by Judge Samuel Wiggs.

However judges at the Court of Appeal increased the “unduly lenient” term to eight-and-a-half years on Thursday.

Victim Danny Day, now 50, waived his right to anonymity after the original sentencing in order to encourage other victims of historic sexual offences to come forward.

Mr Day, who attended the appeal hearing, said: “I thought the previous sentence was a disgrace, and the three appeal judges saw that and increased it accordingly.

“The effect this incident has had and still has on my life is devastating.

“Who knows what else I might have done with my life if I had not had this hanging over me. It would have been nice to have the chance to find out.

“I am really pleased at his decision, although it could still have been more, but I could keep on saying that forever.”

During the original sentencing at Bournemouth Crown Court in January, Judge Wiggs told Bryant he was jailing him for the least possible time he was allowed, adding: “It is difficult to think of anybody who has shown, over the years, a stronger sense of civic and public duty than you have.”

However at the appeal on Thursday, Lord Justice Treacy said the sentence “didn’t adequately reflect the aggravating features of the offence and it afforded too much weight to the available mitigation”.

The appeal judges noted the lasting impact on Mr Day’s life, and that Bryant and Goodman – now deceased – must have planned the attack.

“One thing which really bothers me is the idea that if someone has done a crime 30 years ago but has since lived an exemplary life they seem to get a discount,” added Mr Day, a retired carpenter and amateur boxer who now runs an animal sanctuary in Kent.

“That’s really aggravating; the bottom line is they have still done the crime.

“It makes a mockery of the justice system to see silly sentences for such serious offences, and I hope anyone else who has experienced what I did will gain more confidence to come forward now, seeing that justice was served in this case.”

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7:16am Sat 5 Apr 14

hooplaa says...

Only if they are being sentenced by Judge Wiggs!
Only if they are being sentenced by Judge Wiggs! hooplaa
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7:18am Sat 5 Apr 14

Huey says...

A brave man. Well done Danny, seems like you got a result in the end.
A brave man. Well done Danny, seems like you got a result in the end. Huey
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8:21am Sat 5 Apr 14

skydriver says...

We'll done, I hope you can get on with life now this nasty man has been put away, pity it was not for much longer.
All the very best Danny.
We'll done, I hope you can get on with life now this nasty man has been put away, pity it was not for much longer. All the very best Danny. skydriver
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8:38am Sat 5 Apr 14

poolebabe says...

Well done for speaking out. I was so relieved to see the pervert had his sentence increased, and judge Wiggs put under the spotlight. What he said about the public duty was disgusting. I think you are an inspiration, and I'm sure your bravery will inspire others to do the same. I hope you can now live in peace. :-)
Well done for speaking out. I was so relieved to see the pervert had his sentence increased, and judge Wiggs put under the spotlight. What he said about the public duty was disgusting. I think you are an inspiration, and I'm sure your bravery will inspire others to do the same. I hope you can now live in peace. :-) poolebabe
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8:46am Sat 5 Apr 14

BournemouthMum says...

That vile creature probably thought he'd got away with what he had done all those years ago, pretending to be a decent person of exemplary character etc. I bet he was shocked when he was arrested. But he was probably so arrogant he thought he'd get away with it.

Result! Hope he's enjoying his porridge!
That vile creature probably thought he'd got away with what he had done all those years ago, pretending to be a decent person of exemplary character etc. I bet he was shocked when he was arrested. But he was probably so arrogant he thought he'd get away with it. Result! Hope he's enjoying his porridge! BournemouthMum
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10:22am Sat 5 Apr 14

poolebabe says...

BournemouthMum wrote:
That vile creature probably thought he'd got away with what he had done all those years ago, pretending to be a decent person of exemplary character etc. I bet he was shocked when he was arrested. But he was probably so arrogant he thought he'd get away with it.

Result! Hope he's enjoying his porridge!
Indeed, and I bet he thought Wiggs smiled upon him like he was some sort of victim himself. For me, this is the worst type. He could never make up for raping a child, and I'm glad he had to face the court once more and have Wiggs summing up criticised. I still think he should have got 40 years. A year for every year he kept the lie, and he should die, disgraced and in prison.
[quote][p][bold]BournemouthMum[/bold] wrote: That vile creature probably thought he'd got away with what he had done all those years ago, pretending to be a decent person of exemplary character etc. I bet he was shocked when he was arrested. But he was probably so arrogant he thought he'd get away with it. Result! Hope he's enjoying his porridge![/p][/quote]Indeed, and I bet he thought Wiggs smiled upon him like he was some sort of victim himself. For me, this is the worst type. He could never make up for raping a child, and I'm glad he had to face the court once more and have Wiggs summing up criticised. I still think he should have got 40 years. A year for every year he kept the lie, and he should die, disgraced and in prison. poolebabe
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5:13pm Sat 5 Apr 14

saynomore says...

It seems to me that Wiggs is not fit for purpose,can the justice system not see this?
It seems to me that Wiggs is not fit for purpose,can the justice system not see this? saynomore
  • Score: 13

5:56pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Johns66 says...

Thank you all for your kind messages and thoughts please if there is anyone out there that has had any type of experience like this old or new. Please please tell someone. This cannot be allowed to continue. Don't let it have a serious effect on your life as it did with mine. Tell the police sooner rather than later. Dan x
Thank you all for your kind messages and thoughts please if there is anyone out there that has had any type of experience like this old or new. Please please tell someone. This cannot be allowed to continue. Don't let it have a serious effect on your life as it did with mine. Tell the police sooner rather than later. Dan x Johns66
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