Rapist deserves every day of his 11-and-a-half-year sentence


A sex attacker jailed for the ‘brutal’ raping of two teenage girls, deserved every day of his 11-and-a-half-year sentence, top judges have ruled.

James Farnfield, 25, of Kents Road, Haywards Heath, carried out a “brutal, sustained and demeaning” attack on his first 16-year-old victim which left her “traumatised and degraded”, Judge Peter Lakin told London’s Appeal Court.

The other girl, of a similar age, was raped by Farnfield in a toilet and was also left mentally scarred by her ordeal.

Farnfield was jailed at Lewes Crown Court in November 2012 after he was convicted of sexual activity with a child, two counts of rape and one count of assault causing actual bodily harm. He was cleared of a third rape charge.

Dismissing Farnfield’s appeal against one of the rape convictions, Judge Lakin rejected claims that the jury’s verdicts were inconsistent.

“The argument based on inconsistency is without foundation; this conviction is safe,” he said.

Going on to reject Farnfield’s sentence challenge, the judge added: “The total of 11 and a half years cannot be faulted.

“It was entirely appropriate for these extensive and very serious sexual offences involving both victims”