Doncaster teen who had sex with girl he met via Facebook has ‘too harsh’ sentence reduced

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A ‘vulnerable’ teenager who had sex with a 12-year-old schoolgirl he met on Facebook has had his ‘too harsh’ sentence cut by top judges.

Matthew Trelour believed the girl was 16 after making contact with her, but continued having sexual liaisons with her even after police told him her real age and warned him to stay away.

The 19-year-old, of Beckett Road, Wheatley, was locked up for four-and-a-half years at Sheffield Crown Court in April, after admitting a string of sex offences including rape and sexual assault.

But his sentence has now been cut to two years and eight months by judges at London’s Criminal Appeal Court.

They said the original term was ‘excessive’ in light of the fact he was 17 at the time and had a lower mental age.

The court heard Trelour met the girl through Facebook in 2012 and her profile indicated she was 16. After exchanging messages and speaking on the telephone the pair had a number of encounters.

Trelour was interviewed by police after concerns were raised by the girl’s family, and he was told her true age.

But, after he was bailed, he continued to have sexual relations with her and he was arrested that October.

While the victim agreed to all of the sexual activity, she was below the age of consent.

Trelour’s lawyers argued the crown court judge did not take enough account of his mental age or his learning disability.

Allowing the appeal, Mr Justice Supperstone said: “Having regard to the fact he was 17 at the time, and his mental age, we consider that the sentence should have been two years and eight months.”