Judge Philip Richards – Lenient to child abusers

Here is Judge Philip Richards. He is a judge who seems to think that the abuse of children is not a serious enough crime to warrant a custodial sentence.

He fails to understand the long lasting impact these evil offences have on the young and vulnerable child survivors. The sentences are quite simply a insult to the victims involved.

Judge Richards is a circuit Judge residing in cases throughout WALES

Judge Philip Richards you are hereby NAMED AND SHAMED!


Below are some examples and quotes of some of his more questionable judgments: Click offenders names for full profiles

January 2016: Teenager Luke Grender walked free for three counts of raping a 13-year-old schoolgirl. Judge Richards told the offender: “You must not think you are getting away with it”

October 2015: Paedophile Kirk Tranchard who admitted inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity on at least 20 occasions is jailed BUT only AFTER Solicitor-General appealed ‘too soft’ suspended sentence originally handed down by Judge Philip Richards

March 2007: Judge Philip Richards criticised for varying the bail conditions of convicted & dangerous paedophile Kelvin Wagstaff, allowing him to spend his wedding night in a hotel. Wagstaff had pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a girl under 13 and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child under 16.

August 2013: Paedophile Terrance Major who assaulted girls under ten years old was jailed for just two years by Judge Philip Richards because of his health

September 2009: Kevin Tate handed community sentence despite Judge Richards hearing that Tate had been assessed as a “high risk of reoffending”.

July 2006: Judge Philip Richards gives supervision order to perverted Alan Lang who admitted 16 counts of making indecent images of children and one charge of possessing 4,023 indecent images. Court was told some images were graded as the worst possible category of child abuse.

May 2002: 42-year-old Paul Williams jailed for just 18 months in total for abducting schoolgirl while she was living with foster parents. Williams also admitted two counts of having unlawful sex with her. Judge Philip Richards said: “She was infatuated with him”

September 2006: Stephen Ford who committed sexual offences involving a girl of 13 jailed for JUST 15 months. Judge Philip Richards told him: “I’m quite prepared to accept she said things to you which were inappropriate.”

June 2003: Music teacher Roddy Lewis who looked for paedophile material online & who downloaded movies including one showing a sex act between two girls, dressed in school uniform, and a man is sentenced to just a two-year conditional discharge by Judge Richards

March 2012: Judge Philip Richards sentenced Mark Jayne to 150 hours of unpaid work after admitting 19 counts of making indecent images of children which covered all levels of one to five, five being the worst level.

November 2006: Judge Richards gives 38-year old Mark Owen 100 hours unpaid work after he carried out sex attacks on a young girl

March 2013: Leonard Bristow was sentenced to just 20 months for sexually abusing a young boy. Bristow admitted eight out of 17 specimen counts of indecent assault against a child