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Inkpen man who sent inappropriate texts to 15-year old has sentence halved

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A 62-year-old Inkpen man who was jailed for sending inappropriate text messages to a schoolgirl could be released within weeks after his jail term was halved.

In 2012, Malcolm Stuart Tucker, of Post Office Road, Upper Green, sent text messages to a 15-year-old girl, including one which told her he wanted to “make love” to her, London’s Criminal Appeal Court was told.

In another text, he told her “play your cards right and you will get a lot more than ice-cream”.

The agricultural contractor admitted inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and was jailed for two years and three months at Reading Crown Court in May.

While there had been no physical contact between him and the unnamed girl, he accepted his conversation had been “wholly inappropriate”.

At the appeal court on August 26, James Scobie QC argued that Tucker’s jail term was too long in light of his lack of previous convictions and it was “infatuation” on the part of Tucker which spurred him to send the messages on a single day.

Mr Justice Males, sitting with Lord Justice Beatson and Mr Justice King, agreed at court that Tucker’s jail term was “too long” and reduced it to 12 months.

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