North East Wales

Dennis Igo's sentence review rejected after MP's action call

Dennis Igo
Image caption Dennis Igo was sentenced at Mold Crown Court in May

Clwyd South MP Susan Elan Jones says she is disappointed the sentence given to a man who admitted having 250,000 indecent images of children on his computer cannot be reviewed.

In May, a judge at Mold Crown Court said there were exceptional mitigating circumstances in the case of Dennis Igo, 53, from Little Green, Bronington.

Ms Jones wrote to the attorney general regarding Igo's suspended sentence.

Dominic Grieve said he can only seek a review for certain types of offences.

Igo was given a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years and he was also ordered to carry out 300 hours of community service after the judge said he had considered his previous good character.

'Pursue other avenues'

The judge also said there were exceptional mitigating circumstances, including the fact that Igo's wife had breast cancer.

Ms Jones sought a review of the sentence while a petition was started locally from people backing her call.

In a letter to Ms Jones, attorney general Mr Grieve said: "As you are aware, the solicitor general and I have the power to ask the Court of Appeal to review certain sentences which appear to us to be unduly lenient.

"However, this power only applies to sentences imposed for a limited number of offences which are specified in legislation.

"The offences for which Dennis Igo was sentenced for are not offences to which the legislation applies. It is therefore not possible for me to refer the sentence passed to the Court of Appeal for review."

Ms Jones said: "While this is clearly not the result that the residents of Bronington or I would have wished for, it makes me all the more determined to present the residents' petition to parliament and to pursue other avenues."

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