Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Sex abuse teacher’s jail term plea fails

11:30 22 April 2014

Jennifer Philp-Parsons

Jennifer Philp-Parsons

Archant

A FORMER school teacher - jailed for having alcohol-fuelled sex with two teenage boys - can have no complaint about her tough jail term, top judges have ruled.

Married mum Jennifer Philp-Parsons, 46, has seen a challenge against her two-and-a-half-year sentence rejected.

Philp-Parsons, of Exmouth, was jailed for a total of 30 months at Exeter Crown Court last year after she admitted three charges of adult abuse of trust by having sexual activity with a boy who was aged between 13 and 17.

Three senior judges at London Appeal Court ruled last week that it is not even ‘arguable’ Philp-Parsons’ jail term was too harsh.

The mother-of-three groomed the two youths and bedded them separately after plying them with booze in what Mrs Justice Simler called ‘very serious sexual offences’.

In September, Judge Francis Gilbert QC had branded Philp-Parsons a ‘sordid adulteress’ on handing her consecutive terms of 12 months and 18 months for the offences on either boy.

Applying to appeal on Wednesday (April 16), her lawyers argued that Judge Gilbert erred in imposing consecutive sentences instead of allowing them to run concurrent, which resulted in a total term that was simply too long.

But Mrs Justice Simler, sitting with Lord Justice Treacy and Mr Justice Spencer, said the judge was ‘entitled’ to structure the sentence as he did to reflect the troubling impact of the offences on each victim.

She added: “Despite Philp-Parsons’ personal mitigation, and the significant impact on her family that these sentences will no doubt have, we are of the view that the judge passed a sentence that was fully justified by the facts of these serious offences.

“The sentence of 30 months is not arguably manifestly excessive.

“Accordingly this application is refused,” the appeal judge concluded.

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 16:30
Ottery Primary School May celebrations. This year's queen and king, Eliza and Riley, with their attendants Bella and Toby, are crowned by Mr Nick Smith. Ref sho 21-16AW 7821. Picture: Alex Walton

School pupils dance around the maypole

Read more
Yesterday, 16:07
Three legged races at the Sid Vale Athletics meeting on Sunday. Ref shs 21-16SH 5928. Picture: Simon Horn.

Pictures of the event

Read more
Yesterday, 18:14

A businessman turned star litter-picker has completed a single-handed three-month clean-up of 120 miles of Sidmouth’s footpaths and country lanes.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:37
Devon and Cornwall Police are appealing for help to find David Cauldwell.

Police have launched an appeal to find a missing man who has connections to Sidmouth.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00
Election 2015

The date for the referendum for whether Britain stays in the European Union is Thursday, June 23.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:33
Melanie Mahjenta with her daughter Rosie when she was born.

A Sidmouth mother is looking to raise awareness of autism in young girls, following her own struggle to secure a diagnosis for her daughter.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:37
Matt Booth

‘We need a more balanced community’ - Cllr Matt Booth

Read more
Mon, 18:31
Dr Simon Singh MBE

The organisers of Sidmouth Science Festival are delighted to announce that a celebrated science communicator will be joining this year’s event.

Read more
Mon, 16:29
The Sidmouth Hopper bus. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 2997-21-13AW

Popular transport link launches on Thursday with double the capacity to meet growing demand

Read more
Mon, 10:58
MP Hugo Swire visited Ottery St Mary hospital on Saturday where he spoke with protesters. Ref sho 21-16SH 4957. Picture: Simon Horn.

Scores of protesters turned out to express anger that the facility could be under threat

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications