Mike Brewer, the former Chetham’s head of music who was jailed for six years for indecently assaulting a pupil, has lost his appeal against the length of the sentence. Frances Andrade, who testified against him, committed suicide during the course of the trial. The comments by the Lord Chief Justice are unequivocal and uncompromising.
The Press Association reports:
His appeal was rejected by the lord chief justice, Lord Judge, sitting with two other judges at the court of appeal in London. Brewer, 68, who claimed his sentence was excessive, was not present for the ruling.
Judge described it as a “woeful case”. Announcing the court’s decision to dismiss the sentence appeal, he said: “There is nothing wrong with this sentence. It was an appropriate sentence for the offences committed by this applicant.”
He added: “It seems to us that he escaped justice for a very long time indeed and that justice has now caught up with him.”