Judges must give longer sentences to Asian Muslim grooming gangs who abuse white teenage girls when there is evidence of racism, the Government’s senior legal advisor has said.
Robert Buckland, the Solicitor General, told The Telegraph that racism “cuts all ways” and should be “front and centre” when it is part of sexual abuse cases.
He said that “the law does not discriminate” between different forms of racism and that the courts should apply a “sentencing uplift” where there is evidence of “racial hostility of motivation”.
Tory MPs are calling on the Attorney General and Mr Buckland to review the sentences of an 18-strong gang in Newcastle convicted of grooming and raping hundreds of underage white girls.
During one of the trials the jury heard how a gang member referred to women as “white trash” who were “only good for one thing”.
Mike Penning, a former justice and policing minister, has raised concerns that the apparently racially aggravated nature of their offences was not reflected in their punishment.
Mr Buckland said: “The law does not discriminate. When it talks about sentencing increases for racial aggravation it doesn’t cut one way, it cuts all ways.
“Where there is a racial element in sexual abuse cases the law is clear that courts can apply a sentencing uplift. Racial aggravation should be front and centre in cases where there is evidence or racial hostility or motivation.”
He raised concerns that political correctness may have stopped gangs of Asian Muslim men from being properly pursued and punished.
He said: “There has been an institutional reticence when it comes to Asian gangs that groom and abuse white girls.
“Some people have been more concerned about being labelled racist than dealing with child safeguarding.”
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