Judge releases man who raped 7-year-old girl from prison because it is ‘unlawful’ to keep him locked up (video)By Mason White 5:28 PM December 10, 2014
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By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) Prosecutors in the United Kingdom, were shocked to learn that a judge has released a child rapist from prison because it is “unlawful” to keep him locked up.
48-year-old Jeffrey Charles Goodwyn of Cardiff, is a serious risk to children because of his violent history of raping youngsters.
He already served time in prison for raping a 9-year-old girl when he was sent back for indecently assaulting a 7-year-old girl.
A judge at the Cardiff Crown Court, considered him a very dangerous criminal and sentenced him to indefinite prison. However, Goodwyn was released after a higher court ruled that an indefinite prison sentence is unlawful.
Such sentences allow authorities to keep the most dangerous criminals locked up indefinitely, until they are proven safe to be released into the public community.
Lord Justice Coulson said that indefinite prison sentences can only be given for crimes that occur after April 2005, when the law was passed.
The Court of Appeal heard that Goodwyn, admitted to twice assaulting the girl when she was seven or eight years old, putting his hand down her pants and touching her inappropriately.
He was in prison two years before being released.