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Breast surgeon’s ‘unduly lenient’ jail term upped to 20 years by appeal judges

Ian Paterson carried out needless breast operations leaving victims scarred and disfigured.

A surgeon who carried out needless breast operations has had his 15-year jail sentence increased to 20 years by judges.

Ian Paterson, who left victims scarred and disfigured, was ordered to serve extra time behind bars by the Court of Appeal on Thursday.

Lady Justice Hallett, Mrs Justice Carr and Mr Justice Goss, sitting in London, declared that the original jail term imposed in May was “unduly lenient”.

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Lady Justice Hallett was one of the judges who decided to increase Ian Paterson's sentence (John Stillwell/PA)

Their ruling came after the sentence was referred to the court for review by Solicitor General Robert Buckland.

Paterson, 59, from Altrincham, Greater Manchester, watched proceedings via video-link from prison.

He was convicted by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court of offences of wounding with intent and unlawful wounding against 10 patients.

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