A DEAF woman who sexually abused a boy has been jailed for five years after her original sentence was quashed. Julie Fellows, 30, was originally given a two-year suspended term in August.
Julie Fellows initially dodged jail because a judge said it would lead to complete isolation. A judge at Worcester crown court said jail would lead to complete isolation for Fellows, due to give birth in January. But yesterday three Court of Appeal judges ruled that her sentence was unduly lenient. Lord Justice Davis said: “In our view, the sentence imposed simply does not reflect the gravity and sustained nature of all that occurred.”
But yesterday three Court of Appeal judges ruled that her sentence was unduly lenient Fellows was convicted of one charge of indecent assault and of sexual activity with a child.
She has always denied the charges – which related to when the boy was aged between six and nine and to a later period when he was between 14 and 15 – claiming they were fabricated.
Lord Justice Davis, sitting with Mrs Justice Cheema Grubb and Sir Stephen Silber, said the boy had been deeply affected.