Artist Graham Ovenden in court over "lenient" sentence for child abuse
Renowned Cornish artist Graham Ovenden, who was allowed to walk free from court after he was found guilty of a string of sex offences against children, will next week hear whether his sentence was "unduly lenient".
The country's top law officer, Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC, says Ovenden's suspended sentence was nowhere near tough enough and is asking Appeal Court judges to lock him up.
The disgraced artist, of Barley Splatt, near Bodmin Moor, studied under the so-called “Godfather of Pop-Art” Sir Peter Blake, and has had work exhibited in galleries across the world.
However, a large number of prints by the artist were removed from the Tate Gallery's online collection following his conviction.
NEW IN : for those cold winter nights highland check dog and cat beds in stock, fleecy and washable ideal for those nights snuggling by the fire...... available in 3 colourways
Contact: 01271 440626
Valid until: Saturday, January 25 2014
Ovenden, 70, was convicted of six counts of indecency and one of indecent assault, at Truro Crown Court in April.
The offences dated back about 40 years and Judge Graham Cottle controversially gave him a 12-month jail term, suspended for two years.
The sentence sparked an outcry from child abuse campaigners, prompting the Attorney General to review the case.
Ovenden was described as "a paedophile" by prosecutors and had abused four children - now all adults - between 1972 and 1985 while they modelled for him.
He denied his crimes and forced his victims to re-live their traumatising experiences in the witness box.
In passing sentence, Judge Cottle said he had to consider Ovenden's age, health and the damage to his reputation as an artist which had been "severely tarnished".
However, three judges at London's Court of Appeal will next Wednesday (October 8) consider the Attorney General's arguments that the suspended sentence was 'unduly lenient' and that Ovenden should now be handed a substantial jail term.