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Drunk woman who groped 13-year-old victim given shockingly light punishment by court

A 27-year-old British dental receptionist had a one-year sentence suspended after a judge found her guilty of groping a 13-year-old boy and exposing herself to him on a park bench. 

“On the one hand, this is a sexual assault on a young person by someone who is 27 years of age, and it is plainly a serious matter,” Judge Eric Lamb said at sentencing. 

“On the other side there is strong personal mitigation as a result of genuine remorse, and the series of events that have led you to your mental health difficulties,” he noted, adding that he found and accepted that the defendant showed “genuine and heartfelt remorse.”

Lamb handed Jade Berry a 12-month jail sentence that he suspended for 18 months, during which time Berry had to wear an electronic “sobriety” tag and complete a 35-day rehabilitation activity requirement. She also has to remain on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years, BNN Network reported. 

“It seems that her alcohol intoxication may have led her into doing and committing this offense,” defense council John Wyn Williams told the court. “There is genuine heartfelt remorse, and she shows victim empathy.” 

The leniency of Berry’s sentence raised questions about the handling of the case, with some public outcry demanding a re-evaluation of current laws and their implementation to bring stricter punishment. 

Peter Aitken is a Fox News Digital reporter with a focus on national and global news. 

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