Judge criticised over `pretty boy' remark

Judge criticised over `pretty boy' remark

A judge at Snaresbrook Crown Court was criticised for telling an 18-year- old that he risked being sexually assaulted in a young offenders' institution.

Sentencing Jamie Dale, of Leyton, east London, to two years' custody, Judge Alan Simpson said: "The problem is that he is a pretty boy, and he is liable to assaults of more than one kind." Frances Cook, director of the Howard League for Penal Reform, described the comment as "highly irresponsible".

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