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Serial rapist tells appeal court his life sentence is ""too severe

PUBLISHED: 11:57 22 July 2010 | UPDATED: 18:06 25 August 2010

A 20-year-old serial rapist who faces a potentially lifelong sentence for attacking four vulnerable young girls he contacted on the internet has had the minimum term he must spend behind bars slashed.

A 20-year-old serial rapist who faces a potentially lifelong sentence for attacking four vulnerable young girls he contacted on the internet has had the minimum term he must spend behind bars slashed.

Gary Henery, of Wickham Lane, Abbey Wood, used the MSN online chat service to groom girls and tied one to a tree before raping her.

He admitted four rapes at Woolwich Crown Court in March and was detained indefinitely for public protection in a young offender institution with a minimum term of ten years to serve. At the Court of Criminal Appeal on July 15 his legal team argued at the that the minimum term was too severe - and it was cut to seven years and two months.

Judge Andrew Gilbart said: "These are terrible offences, meriting a serious sentence, but in our judgement the minimum term was excessive."

Henery's detention for public protection sentence still means he will only be freed once he can convince the Parole Board that he no longer poses a danger to society.


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