Baby P prisoner wins sentencing appeal
PUBLISHED: 16:47 28 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:50 16 August 2010
ONE of the three people jailed over the death of Baby P won an appeal against his indefinite sentence. Jason Owen, 37, of Wittersham Road, Bromley, was originally given an indeterminate sentence for public protection - with a minimum term of three years
ONE of the three people jailed over the death of Baby P won an appeal against his indefinite sentence.
Jason Owen, 37, of Wittersham Road, Bromley, was originally given an indeterminate sentence for public protection - with a minimum term of three years - at the Old Bailey in May.
But three judges in the Court of Appeal in London on Tuesday allowed his appeal against the indefinite term of imprisonment and replaced it with a sentence of six years imprisonment.
Owen was jailed along with Baby Peter's mother Tracey Connelly, 28, of Penshurst Road, Tottenham, and her boyfriend Steven Barker, 33, for causing or allowing the death of the 17-month-old.
Owen - who is Barker's brother but changed his name after the child's death - had been staying at Peter's home with his 15-year-old girlfriend.
His QC, Tim Roberts, argued that an indefinite sentence in Owen's case was "wrong in principle" as there was no evidence he posed a significant risk of future serious harm to members of the public.
Lord Justice Hughes, quashing the indeterminate sentence, said: "His present offence is deeply unpleasant because a completely innocent child who he could have protected was not protected by him against harm by others.
"He displays a willingness to deceive... which is unattractive, but to translate that into a significant risk that he will himself in the future commit offences involving death or serious personal injury to the public is... simply a step too far."
It emerged on Monday that Peter's mother, who was jailed indefinitely with a minimum term of five years, had dropped an appeal bid against her sentence which was expected to be heard today along with Owen's case.
Peter Connelly was found dead in a blood-spattered cot in August 2007. He had more than 50 injuries, including fractured ribs and a broken back, despite being on the at-risk register and receiving 60 visits from social workers, doctors and police over eight months.
A sentence of 12 years was handed out to Barker, who was told he had played a major role in Peter's death.
He was also jailed for life with a minimum term of 10 years after being convicted of raping a two-year-old girl.
His appeal against the rape conviction is due to be heard by the Court of Appeal on November 24.