King’s Lynn sex offender’s jail term cut

Court case
Court case

A Lynn man who was jailed after a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl has had his sentence cut by a panel of judges.

Jordan Lea Trenchfield, 24, of Spring Sedge, admitted having sex with the vulnerable youngster on numerous occasions.

He was jailed for nine years at Norwich Crown Court last October, but on Wednesday had that cut to only six years.

Senior judges sitting at the Court of Appeal in London said the original term was “excessive”.

Giving judgment, Mrs Justice Carr said Trenchfield was 22 when he and the young teenager began their illicit affair. They exchanged sexually charged messages on Facebook and indecent photographs of each other.

The abuse came to light when the chat was discovered by an adult who challenged the girl.

At Trenchfield’s home, a condom with traces of the girl’s DNA was discovered.

Initially, the girl tried to take responsibility for what had happened between them, but Trenchfield did not let her, said the appeal judge.

He showed genuine remorse for what he did and was “well-motivated” to engage in sex offender treatment.

His offences – sexual activity with a child and having indecent images of a child – had also not involved any threats or coercion, she continued.

“This was, on any view, serious multiple offending involving a very vulnerable young girl with an element of grooming,” she said. “A substantial immediate custodial sentence was inevitable.

“But there was substantial mitigation including his relative youth, his good character, his positive response to his offending and his acceptance of responsibility.”

The judge, sitting with Lord Justice Lloyd Jones and Judge Eleri Rees QC, cut the sentence to six years.