Paedophile Shaun Tudor fails in bid to get jail sentence cut

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A DANGEROUS paedophile who tried to rape a Rainworth boy while on leave from a secure mental hospital will remain behind bars indefinitely.

Shaun Tudor (43) enticed the 10-year-old into deep woods by telling him he knew the location of a secret tunnel, London’s Appeal Court was told.

The youngster had been walking through the woods with a friend, but Tudor managed to separate him from his pal before subjecting himto repeated sexual attacks.

When police tracked down Tudor they discovered he was on ‘unescorted leave’ from St Andrew’s Healthcare.

He had been subject to a hospital order since 1988 after he was sentenced for indecently assaulting a male and had said he would ‘definitely re-offend’.

Tudor was jailed indefinitely for public protection, almost identical to a life sentence, at Nottingham Crown Court in November after admitting attempted rape and sexual assault. He will not be freed until the parole board is convinced the danger he poses has passed.

Tudor’s case reached the Appeal Court as he challenged the trial judge’s decision not to adjourn his case before sentencing, so that he could explore the option of a hospital order instead of prison.

But, dismissing Tudor’s challenge, Judge Goldstone said the crown court judge had weighed up all factors, including the need to spare the boy’s family a further ordeal.