A child sex offender who was jailed earlier this year has had his prison sentence increased.

Jamie Alejandro Garcia Perez, 24, was handed an eight-and-a-half year sentence in July after pleading guilty to oral rape, attempted oral rape and sexual activity with a child.

St Albans Crown Court had heard Perez raped a five-year-old girl in Borehamwood in May 2020 after the child had been left in his care.

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Perez was put behind bars following a sentencing hearing on July 27 but he now faces a longer spell in jail following an intervention by the then Solicitor General.

The Attorney's General Office said the Solicitor General referred Perez's sentence to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme.

On October 8, the Court of Appeal in London found Perez's sentence to be "unduly lenient".

Perez, from Borehamwood, who was handed an eight years and six months jail term in July, saw the term increase by two years to 10 years and six months, followed by one year on licence.

Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General, Alex Chalk QC MP said: "Perez’s crimes were abhorrent and very upsetting. I am glad that the Court of Appeal agreed that the sentence was too low and increased his prison term.

"No sentence can make up for the enormity of his crimes, but I hope today’s outcome will bring a measure of comfort to the victim and their family."

Following the original court sentencing, Detective Constable Jean-Pascal Beecroft, from Hertfordshire Constabulary's joint child protection investigation team, described Perez's actions as "repugnant".

He said: "Perez had been trusted by the victim’s mother to look after the young girl and instead he took it as an opportunity to sexually abuse her.

"His repugnant actions caused the victim immense harm, leaving her feeling confused. Her mother has also suffered after discovering what Perez had done to her daughter, and she had to endure a police investigation and resulting court case, which has been hugely distressing.

"Perez is clearly a danger to young children but now he has been jailed, he can no longer harm anyone else."

In July, Perez was also told by St Albans Crown Court he must now register as a sexual offender and abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order for life.