Choirmaster loses sex sentence plea
A choirmaster jailed for six years for indecently assaulting a former pupil has lost a challenge against the length of his sentence.
Michael Brewer, ex-music director at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, was jailed in March after he was convicted of child sex offences against Frances Andrade, who took her own life at her home during his trial.
His appeal was rejected by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, sitting with two other judges at the Court of Appeal in London.
Brewer, 68, who claimed his sentence was "excessive", was not present for the ruling.
Lord Judge described it as a "woeful case". Announcing the court's decision to dismiss the sentence appeal, he said: "There is nothing wrong with this sentence. It was an appropriate sentence for the offences committed by this applicant."
He added: "It seems to us that he escaped justice for a very long time indeed and that justice has now caught up with him."
Brewer, of Swarthmore Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, was convicted at Manchester Crown Court of five counts of indecently assaulting Mrs Andrade when she was 14 and 15.
The abuse took place in his office and in his camper van, which he used to drive her out of the school grounds and get her to perform oral sex on him.
He was cleared of raping Mrs Andrade when she was 18 at his then home in Chorlton, Manchester.
Lord Judge said Brewer had been a man of "great distinction", who was "publicly honoured for his services to music", but added he had committed a "gross breach of trust", and "clearly exploited " the vulnerability of his victim.