Paedophile has his jail term overturned

A manipulative paedophile, caged for the sickening sexual abuse of a boy while sleeping over at his Chorley home has had his potentially lifelong sentence quashed.

Dangerous Jade Cook, 23, duped a 13-year-old boy into performing a sex act, having accepted his parents’ hospitality and lied about his age while grooming the boy online.

Cook, of Oak Park Villas, Dawlish, Devon, was jailed indefinitely for public protection after he admitted four counts of sexual activity with a child at Preston Crown Court in November, last year.

But senior judges at London’s Court of Appeal have upheld a challenge by Cook against his open-ended

sentence.

They replaced it with a term of six years and three months, followed by an additional three years on licence in the community.

Judge John Radford said Cook befriended the boy on Facebook in 2011 – telling him he was 19 when he was 22.

Cook travelled to the boy’s home in the Chorley area, where he stayed with him and his family under the pretence that he was himself a teenager and friends with the boy, the judge added.

Judge Radford added: “The victim’s mother had no idea that the hospitality she was extending to Cook was being abused.”

During the course of his stay, Cook started a sexual relationship with the boy, convincing him to perform a sex on him, the appeal judge added.

The victim’s parents became suspicious that Cook had made advances and contacted the police.

He was arrested and denied any sexual contact with the boy.

However, he admitted his guilt on the first day of his planned trial.

On handing Cook the indefinite sentence, the judge said that he had “destroyed his victim’s innocence” in what was a “cruel series of crimes”.

On appeal, Cook’s barrister argued that a less draconian extended sentence would have neutralised any threat he posed to the public.

The appeal judge, sitting with Lord Justice Fulford and Mr Justice King, said: “In our judgment, the proportionate and adequate sentence to meet the risk he presented at the time would be a lengthy extended sentence.”