The Director of Public Prosecutions has quite rightly appealed the sentenced handed down to Anthony Lyons, a multi-millionaire sex-attacker who managed to get his six-year sentence reduced to six months due to being rich.
Lyons, let me remind you, forcibly knocked a young women to the ground and sexually assaulted her. He initially denied the attack, but later blamed it on his cholesterol medication, another scientific first. Previous post here.
A jury found him guilty and the judge sentenced him to six years in jail, but suspended the first five and a half years because Lyons paid money to the victim. It later emerged that the victim had informed the court in advance that she wanted no compensation if it would in any way reduce the sentence.
In other words, the court reduced the victim of a sexual attack to the status of a common prostitute, and elevated the attacker to the status of a philanthopist.
It was a classic example of the well-heeled looking after their own kind at the expense of ordinary people and I’m delighted that the DPP has decided to challenge this sort of antediluvian thinking.
Lyons is a violent thug, just like those violent thugs with no money who fill our prisons. What’s more, he’s a violent pervert thug.
He deserves to be in jail, and he deserves to do hard time, money or no money.
I feel terribly sorry for his children, but he brought the tragedy on them, just as he was responsible for ruining his victim’s life. Nobody else did it, apart from this character, who thought he could buy his way out of trouble, but let’s hope he was wrong, for the sake of our daughters, our sisters and our friends. Society should not be showing leniency to sex attackers just because they happen to have money.