Paedophile vicar fails to get jail term cut

A paedophile vicar who was jailed for a campaign of sex abuse against a young boy has failed in an Appeal Court challenge to his five-year sentence.

Colin Ivor Pritchard, 64, of St Augustines Close, Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, was parish priest at St Andrew's Church in Wellingborough when he committed the offences three decades ago.

It was not until July last year that he was brought to justice when he was jailed at Northampton Crown Court after admitting indecent assault and indecency with a child.

Yesterday, he was at the Criminal Appeal Court in London, where he claimed he should have been given a lighter sentence due to his good work and character.

But dismissing his case, Lord Justice Dyson, sitting with Mrs Justice Rafferty and Mr Justice Sweeney, said the five-year total was fair for the terrible crimes he committed.

Lord Justice Dyson said: "It seems to us that the judge clearly took into account the personal mitigation in reaching the conclusion that, if he had contested these charges, he would have imposed a total sentence of seven-and-a-half years imprisonment."