Scarborough child sex monster 'deserved his sentence', say judges

Court of Appeal, London
Court of Appeal, London

A child sex monster from Scarborough who preyed on two young girls in Doncaster deserved every day of his 12-and-a-half year jail term, top judges have ruled.

Joseph Melvin Harvey, 63, of Wheatcroft Court, Sea Cliff Road, was jailed at Doncaster Crown Court on July 27 last year.

He abused his victims in the 1960s and in the 1980s, in the Doncaster area, Mr Justice Jeremy Baker told London's Appeal Court.

Harvey was himself only aged 14 or 15 when he assaulted the first girl.

And he had gone on to have a 'successful career' and was of previous good character, said the judge.

He admitted eight indecent assaults and two counts of indecency with a child and was convicted of six indecent assaults, one count of indecency with a child and one attempted rape.

Harvey's lawyers argued he did not get enough credit for his guilty pleas and the overall sentence was far too tough.

But Mr Justice Baker said Harvey's crimes had a 'significant and serious effect on the lives of the victims'.

His punishment was 'unarguably justified', ruled the judge, who was sitting with Lord Justice Hamblen and Judge Stephen Kramer QC.