Father criticises judge who did not jail Amanda Wheeler

Worcester News: GOBSMACKED: The father of two boys sexually assaulted by Amanda Wheeler has criticised her sentence GOBSMACKED: The father of two boys sexually assaulted by Amanda Wheeler has criticised her sentence

THE father of two boys who were sexually assaulted by a housewife has criticised a judge for not jailing her.

As reported in your Worcester, Amanda Wheeler was spared an immediate jail sentence after a judge heard her victims had fully recovered.

Wheeler was convicted of one count of sexual assault and four counts of sexual activity with a child following a trial at Worcester Crown Court in October. She had denied the charges.

The court heard she molested three boys aged 12, 13 and 14 after drinking vodka, wine and beer at a 50th birthday party in Worcester in November 2011.

This week Judge Patrick Thomas QC sitting at Birmingham Crown Court gave the 31-year-old mother, previously of Goodrest Walk, Rainbow Hill, Worcester, a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5live on Thursday, the man, who remained anonymous to protect the identity of his sons, said he was “absolutely gobsmacked” by the sentence.

He said: “It’s just horrendous, I mean, that this has come about.

“This happened on a Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. We found out on the Friday morning.”

He said the assaults only came to light after a woman overheard the children talking and reported her concerns to their school.

“I think the kids were afraid to say something, you know, frightened to talk out,” he said.

“Too scared to come forward and tell us you know, they just thought it would go away and it didn’t.”

Wheeler’s crimes carried a maximum jail sentence of 14 years so the parents thought she would get at least six or seven years.

“When we found out that she had a much shorter, suspended sentence, I was absolutely gobsmacked,” he said.

“I sat through the whole 13-days of the trial at crown court and I went to crown court to hear the sentencing.

“The judge read every indictment charge and what the sentence would be for each one and it totted to four-and-a-half years.

“I just can’t believe how he can talk all the way through, saying how serious the offences are, and she basically lied and stupidly put (the victiims) through the whole trial only to be found guilty at the end.”

During his sentencing, the judge told Wheeler he regarded the offences as a one-off and did not consider her to be dangerous.

He said each of the victims had made it “pretty plain” that they were over whatever trauma was involved in the offending.

But the man said: “These kids have suffered, not my two lads but the one lad, two weeks before the trial started took a knife to his mum and went and sat on the train track.

“Saying the kids have got over it I don’t know, I don’t think they have fully, it’s still in the back of their minds what happened.

“If a man was in that dock yesterday, he would not be walking the streets now.

“It may well have been a one-off, but a one-off can cost.”

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5:05pm Fri 1 Feb 13

CJH says...

Another non-custodial sentence? The father is right, if it had been a man doing it it would probably be a different matter altogether.
Another non-custodial sentence? The father is right, if it had been a man doing it it would probably be a different matter altogether. CJH
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5:12pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Ralph123 says...

They are teenage boys, they are bound to say they're over it and they're alright, it doesn't necessarily mean they are. That's what teenage boys do. What kind of jip would they get at school if they didn't. The Judge should have known this.

Who ever heard of a man getting let off because it was a one-off or he was drunk??

It's unforgivable and it really is ridiculous that she's been allowed to get away with it.
They are teenage boys, they are bound to say they're over it and they're alright, it doesn't necessarily mean they are. That's what teenage boys do. What kind of jip would they get at school if they didn't. The Judge should have known this. Who ever heard of a man getting let off because it was a one-off or he was drunk?? It's unforgivable and it really is ridiculous that she's been allowed to get away with it. Ralph123
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5:54pm Fri 1 Feb 13

induby says...

I agree, had it been a man I believe there would have been a custodial sentence, and I certainly think her crime deserves time served in jail, however I can understand the judges comments on this being a one off, this is not someone who has any previous offences, has not groomed or built up relationships for the purpose of engaging in sexual abuse with a child,It was one night, but I don't think that detracts from the fact that she did what she did, it was still child abuse and it was still disgusting.
I agree, had it been a man I believe there would have been a custodial sentence, and I certainly think her crime deserves time served in jail, however I can understand the judges comments on this being a one off, this is not someone who has any previous offences, has not groomed or built up relationships for the purpose of engaging in sexual abuse with a child,It was one night, but I don't think that detracts from the fact that she did what she did, it was still child abuse and it was still disgusting. induby
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7:11pm Fri 1 Feb 13

reflector says...

On the face of it, this does seem to be an unduly lenient sentence and I can understand the father's anger. I agree also that had the victims been female and the defendant a man, an immediate custodial sentence would have been pretty well automatic.

There are times when one wonders about some members of the judiciary and their suitability for the job.
On the face of it, this does seem to be an unduly lenient sentence and I can understand the father's anger. I agree also that had the victims been female and the defendant a man, an immediate custodial sentence would have been pretty well automatic. There are times when one wonders about some members of the judiciary and their suitability for the job. reflector
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7:20pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Secret agent 46 says...

This is disgusting.. How can she basically walk free from court with a slap on the wrist and yet an 18yr only from droit which got sent to prison for a similar offence.. If any man had done the same offence he would be beaded a sex offende and given serious prison time.... British justice system fails yet again
This is disgusting.. How can she basically walk free from court with a slap on the wrist and yet an 18yr only from droit which got sent to prison for a similar offence.. If any man had done the same offence he would be beaded a sex offende and given serious prison time.... British justice system fails yet again Secret agent 46
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9:56pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Jabbadad says...

I agree reflector, in this same paper it was reported that some lads were jailed for what were rightly described as despicable acts against a young girl. And while we may consider the young lads sexual ignorance, and who by the girls admission one of them had been having sexual relations with this young girl, there was a serious offence committed.
I would think that the actions of a mature woman should not be seen as any less, than immature lads, but again this questionable legal system in this country has been shown to be in the hands of those who do not justify this responsibility.
I agree reflector, in this same paper it was reported that some lads were jailed for what were rightly described as despicable acts against a young girl. And while we may consider the young lads sexual ignorance, and who by the girls admission one of them had been having sexual relations with this young girl, there was a serious offence committed. I would think that the actions of a mature woman should not be seen as any less, than immature lads, but again this questionable legal system in this country has been shown to be in the hands of those who do not justify this responsibility. Jabbadad
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7:39pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Trisha54 says...

This sentence is disgusting to say the least.
The judge maintained that Amanda Wheeler is no pedophile but I beg to differ on that score. If these kids had been adult it nature and looks then maybe she could have had some excuse but they are not. They are just immature youngsters who would pass for kids much younger than their years.
She should have served time for her crimes not to mention the lies she told and the humiliation those kids had to face giving evidence in court'
Had she been a man she would have gone down and rightly so, as it is she is free to carry on with her sordid little life whilst her victims face the fallout of the fact that she got away with it scott free. They call this justice.
This sentence is disgusting to say the least. The judge maintained that Amanda Wheeler is no pedophile but I beg to differ on that score. If these kids had been adult it nature and looks then maybe she could have had some excuse but they are not. They are just immature youngsters who would pass for kids much younger than their years. She should have served time for her crimes not to mention the lies she told and the humiliation those kids had to face giving evidence in court' Had she been a man she would have gone down and rightly so, as it is she is free to carry on with her sordid little life whilst her victims face the fallout of the fact that she got away with it scott free. They call this justice. Trisha54
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9:31pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Malvernrob says...

Look, this may seem lenient and yes she is a stupid woman, but we should be far more worried about the drug dealers, robbers etc who are let off on a regular basis. They are far more of a Threat to the public, but most don't even get a column inch in the papers. Will Wheeler offend again, unlikely. Will the drug dealers etc offend again? Of course thy will. The three boys should get as much help as may be needed, but parents and others keeping on about her sentence will certainly not help them.
Look, this may seem lenient and yes she is a stupid woman, but we should be far more worried about the drug dealers, robbers etc who are let off on a regular basis. They are far more of a Threat to the public, but most don't even get a column inch in the papers. Will Wheeler offend again, unlikely. Will the drug dealers etc offend again? Of course thy will. The three boys should get as much help as may be needed, but parents and others keeping on about her sentence will certainly not help them. Malvernrob
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10:36pm Sat 2 Feb 13

ofvoice says...

Typical of this country, females are always let off for doing the same as males, I have real sympathy with anyone who is abused but the law needs to be fair. Men get named when charged with rape and if this turns out to be false their name is tarnished, the allegded victim never gets named, It is about time Men stood up to the law.!!!!!
Typical of this country, females are always let off for doing the same as males, I have real sympathy with anyone who is abused but the law needs to be fair. Men get named when charged with rape and if this turns out to be false their name is tarnished, the allegded victim never gets named, It is about time Men stood up to the law.!!!!! ofvoice
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