Artist’s sex offences sentence could be increased by Court of Appeal

14:39 02 July 2013

Graham Ovenden, 70, was sentenced at Plymouth Crown Court in June. Picture: Rod Minchin/PA Wire

Graham Ovenden, 70, was sentenced at Plymouth Crown Court in June. Picture: Rod Minchin/PA Wire

An artist convicted of sex charges including a string in London will have his sentence referred to the Court of Appeal for being unduly lenient.

Graham Ovenden, from Cornwall, received 12 months’ imprisonment suspended for two years after he was convicted of six charges of indecency with a child and one allegation of indecent assault relating to three girls.

The internationally acclaimed artist recently had his work removed from a Tate online collection following the accusations.

The Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP, has decided to refer the 70-year-old’s case to the Court of Appeal where judges will decide whether or not to increase the sentence handed down by Judge Graham Cottle at Plymouth Crown Court in June.

A spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Office said: “Having carefully reviewed this case, the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP, has decided to refer the sentence of Graham Ovenden to the Court of Appeal for review.

“The case will in due course be heard by three Court of Appeal judges who will decide whether or not the sentence is unduly lenient and whether they should increase the sentence.”