Robber rapist jailed for 9 years for attacking schoolgirl has ‘too tough’ sentence cut by judges
A teenager jailed for raping a schoolgirl while he was on bail for robbing a delivery driver has had his sentence slashed after appeal judges deemed it ‘too tough.’
Michael Philip Carlisle, 19, was caged for nine years at Liverpool Crown Court in September last year after admitting rape. attempted rape and robbery.
But now senior appeal judges have slashed his sentence to seven years, reports Liverpool Echo .
Carlisle, of Swisspine Gardens, St Helens, Merseyside, ‘pestered’ the girl, aged under 13, for sex, Mr Justice Blake told London’s Appeal Court.
When he tried to have sex with her, she ‘pushed him away’. But she eventually ‘gave in’ and he raped her.
Prosecutors accepted that he had been drinking and did not use any force.
In his original sentence hearing on September 19 prosecutors said Carlisle’s victim had self harmed since being raped and felt it was “her fault”.
Michael Philip Carlisle, 19, was caged for nine years at Liverpool Crown Court in September last year after admitting rape, attempted rape and robbery (Image: MEN)
Judge Brian Cummings, QC, told Carlisle at the time: “(The victim) kept telling you no but in the end, as she told police, she gave in. She said she feels quite wrongly that what happened was her fault.”
Carlisle was on bail for his sex crimes when he took part in the robbery of a laughing gas delivery driver on April 19 last year.
‘Party People’ delivery driver James Birch was stabbed in the hand with scissors and left with a broken cheekbone and missing teeth.
Carlisle and his accomplices left the scene with around 50 in cash, crates of alcohol and nitrous oxide canisters after attacking the part time student in Prescot.
It was a ‘serious attack upon a delivery driver’, said the judge.
His lawyers argued that his jail term was far too tough, given his previous good character, youth and guilty pleas.
Mr Justice Blake agreed that the ‘overall sentence of nine years detention was too high and ought to be interfered with’.
Carlisle’s jail term was reduced to seven years by the judge, who was sitting with Lady Justice Sharp and Judge Paul Farrer QC.