South Yorkshire sex offender to spend extra time in prison

David Burns - sex offender
David Burns - sex offender

A South Yorkshire man who took a teenage girl to hotels in Sheffield for sex has had his prison sentence increased - after the Deputy Attorney General stepped in.

David Burns, aged 34, of Rother Road, Canklow, Rotherham, was jailed for two and a half years in October after admitting seven counts of sexual activity with a child.

But the sentence was challenged at the Court of Appeal and another two years were added on.

Burns met his victim when she was 14 and began abusing her the following year.

He bought her expensive gifts and took her to different hotels in Sheffield between May and August 2014 with the intention of having sex.

When Burns and the girl checked into one hotel, staff expressed concern about the victim’s age and the pair left and tried to check into another, but staff raised the alarm and contacted the police.

Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC, who challenged the original sentence, said: “I referred this case to the court as unduly lenient because this 34-year-old man took advantage in a calculating fashion.

“He lured her from the protection of her home and family and took advantage of her.

“In my view the sentence handed down did not reflect the seriousness of the case.

“I hope this renewed sentence sends out the clear message that to engage in sexual activity with an under age child is a very serious offence that will be met with a lengthy prison sentence.”

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