Alan Robert Webster
Alan Robert Webster (born 1965 in Hatfield, Hertfordshire) is a high-profile English prisoner who pled guilty to several counts of rape against a 12-week-old baby girl, and making indecent images in January 2006. The girl was being babysat by his girlfriend Tanya Louise French (born 1986 in Wolverhampton), who also pled guilty to charges related to the attack. Webster also pled guilty to the rape of a 14-year-old girl and possession of child pornography.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of six years. This was increased to eight years by the Court of Appeal on 8 June 2006. Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips stated in his ruling that he questioned if the Parole Board should ever consider Webster's release considering the "depravity" of the crime. French was jailed for five years.
The case caused much debate in the media. Tabloids such as the Daily Mail led petitions to prevent Alan Webster from being considered for parole. Judge Findlay Baker said of the case "There are no words to express the abhorrence such offending generates".
- "Baby rapist's sentence increased". BBC News. June 8, 2006. Retrieved May 10, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- BBC retrieved 5th Feb 2010