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Judge jails teenager for wrong crime

By Terri Judd

A judge was forced to revoke a jail term he had handed down to a teenage boy — after lawyers pointed out that he had sentenced him for the wrong crime.

Recorder David Lane QC appeared to have sat through the entire hearing at Gloucester Crown Court without realising what 18-year-old Daniel Donohoe was charged with.

Friends and relatives of the teenager burst into tears in the public gallery as he was handed a two-year jail term by the judge, who appeared under the impression that he had admitted rape.

Donohoe's solicitor advocate, Andrew Hobson, had to point out that his client had not been convicted of, or admitted, rape but had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Sources said the prosecution at one point referred to the earlier rape charge and the judge was unaware that Donohoe had admitted to the lesser offence.

The Recorder thanked Mr Hobson, revoked the sentence and gave Donohoe a three-year supervision order, and told him to attend a sex offender programme.

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