Van Rijn was jailed for two years and nine months at Swansea Crown Court on March 9.New evidence? Well, no:
Last week, Lady Justice Hallett, Mr Justice Globe and Judge Elgan Edwards, sitting at London's Criminal Appeal Court, heard his challenge to that term.
At the appeal Van Rijn's lawyers argued that was not fair and he ought to have been given a community sentence.Is there a ‘Chutzpah Award’ for defence lawyers?
At the hearing, Lady Justice Hallett said they had read "moving details" of "tragedies" Van Rijn had suffered in his private life which he had said ought to count in his favour as very powerful personal mitigation.Ah, the ‘Oh, I Had Such A Hard Childhood’ defence….
It was also submitted he had a long history of volunteering, helping those less fortunate than himself.Or, as normal human beings see it, ‘a long history of sourcing compliant victims’…
However, the judge ruled: "A great deal has been said on his behalf, but there is simply no reason to depart from the sentencing guidelines."Couldn’t you have added on a few years too, just for the sheer cheek of it?
He added: "This was an appalling breach of trust. We are satisfied that the sentence of 33 months was well within the legitimate sentencing regime and this appeal must be dismissed."