One of Britain’s most prolific online paedophiles has ‘excessive’ prison sentence reduced
One of Britain’s most prolific and depraved paedophiles has succeeded in having his “manifestly excessive” prison sentence reduced.
Matthew Falder, 29, a Cambridge graduate who orchestrated a campaign of appalling internet abuse against hundreds of vulnerable victims, had his 32-year jail term cut to 25 years.
The Court of Appeal ruled that it was the “appropriate” custodial term, taking into account credit for his guilty pleas and “the principle of totality”.
Lord Justice Holyrode said the court had “considered carefully what total sentence would impose a just and proper punishment for the grave offences”.
He said that Judge Philip Parker QC, who sentenced Falder in February, had failed to have “sufficient regard to totality”.
Bespectacled Falder watched the proceedings via video link from prison.
The Birmingham University academic, who was awarded a masters and PhD by Cambridge University, was jailed in February after admitting 137 charges relating to the blackmail of scores of men, women and children into carrying out humiliating and degrading acts including encouraging the rape of a child, forcing a girl to eat dog food, making another lick a lavatory seat and getting another to eat their own faeces.
He targeted more than 300 victims yet evaded capture for eight years by operating on the so-called dark web.
He was caught following a four-year international investigation led by the National Crime Agency, which involved the cooperation of the Department for Homeland Security in America and spies based at GCHQ.
Judge Parker branded Falder “warped and sadistic” and an “internet highwayman”.
He gave him a six-year licence period which was increased to eight years by the Court of Appeal.