A woman who was convicted of cruelty after she allowed her partner to rape her daughter in the family home has had her prison sentence extended.
Mary-Louisa Andrews, aged 50, of Graveney Place, Springfield, was convicted of one count of cruelty to persons under 16 years old.
Andrews was initially sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court on May 28 to three years’ imprisonment.
Following a review at the Court of Appeal by the Solicitor General this week (Wednesday) the sentence was increased to five years’ imprisonment.
Andrews was convicted for not protecting her daughter against her partner Anokye Andrews, 44, of Graveney Place, who was convicted at the same trial of rape, indecent assault and assault.
Anoyke Andrews was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment in May.
The convictions relate to the abuse of Mary-Louisa’s daughter between 2001 and 2007.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Tejinder Sidhu, said: “We welcome the decision of the Solicitor General to increase the sentence of Mary-Louisa Andrews.
“This was a horrific case of abuse in that the person who should have protected the victim, her mother, failed to do so and let the abuse go one.”
“Thames Valley Police is committed to investigate sexual abuse and I hope that this case demonstrates that you will always be listened to by officers, who will investigate with sensitivity in order to bring offenders before the courts and bring them to justice.”
Brave victim an inspiration
Unusually in this case, the victim has waived her right to anonymity, allowing us to name the offenders. However, she has asked that she is not named directly .
Her courage has won praise from the NSPCC, whose spokesperson said: “Anoyke Andrews subjected a young girl to a sickening campaign of prolonged abuse that could have been stopped by the girl’s own mother.
“The daughter’s bravery has helped put her abuser and mother behind bars and sends a clear message that it is never too late for victims to speak out with the confidence they will be listened to and supported.
“Anyone concerned that a child is being abused can call the NSPCC Helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”