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Conviction for child attacks are upheld

PUBLISHED: 15:55 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:48 25 August 2010

A MAN accused of abusing two youngsters more than a decade ago has failed in an Appeal Court bid to either clear his name or win a cut in his sentence.

A MAN accused of abusing two youngsters more than a decade ago has failed in an Appeal Court bid to either clear his name or win a cut in his sentence.

Clive Anthony Anderson, 43, of Nightingale Vale, Greenwich, was jailed for eight years after he was convicted of six counts of indecent assault and one of indecency with a child at Blackfriars Crown Court in April.

Last Friday his legal team appeared at the Court of Appeal to urge top judges to quash his convictions and reduce his sentence - but the judges disagreed with all the grounds they put forward.

Lord Justice Keene, sitting with Mr Justice Beatson and Sir Christopher Holland, said the two victims - a girl and a boy - had only come forward many years after they were abused at Anderson's hands.

He said the girl was aged just six when Anderson abused her and the other child became a victim when he was made to watch the horrific abuse unfold.

The judges listened to legal argument from Anderson's barrister in relation to the "safety" of his convictions, but decided that none of the grounds of appeal had any merit.

Lord Justice Keene refused Anderson leave to appeal, concluding: "He indecently assaulted this girl in a particularly unpleasant way.

"The abuse began when she was just six years old and it has had a significant effect on her.

"A total of eight years, while on the severe side, was not manifestly excessive, nor arguably so.

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