In mitigation defence barrister Peter Du Feu called his client a ‘sad individual’ who had ‘let himself down.’
He said: “His response to this is shame, embarrassment, huge remorse.”
At getting caught.
Sentencing, Judge Maria Lamb jailed Mezzone for a total of five years and said he will sign the sex offenders register for life.
It's not long enough by far. But...wait.
But on Wednesday last week, at the Court of Appeal, Lady Justice Macur, Mr Justice Lavender and Sir Alan Wilkie granted his request and reduced his jail time to four years.
Why? What possible mitigation could have been offered? We don't know. The fearless journalists tasked with covering this story don't appear to have bothered to find out...