Man who perpetrated a series of sexual abuses against a young girl in Leeds has seen his sentence nearly doubled following an application to the Court of Appeal.

Michael King, 33, received his initial sentence at Leeds Crown Court in October last year after a probe by specialist safeguarding officers in Leeds.

Following a trial in June, King was found guilty of three counts of raping a child under 13, four counts of sexually assaulting a child under 13, and one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

For the rape offences, he was handed a 10-year sentence, concurrently with a four-year term for the other charges. Additionally, a one-year extended licence period was imposed on him.

King was mandated to be on the Sex Offenders Register for life and subjected to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life.

Expressing dissatisfaction with the sentence’s duration, the family lodged a request with Detective Constable Oliver Hunter, the case officer, for the sentence to be appealed under the Unduly Lenient Sentences scheme.

After evaluation and support from the Crown Prosecution, the Attorney General presented an application at the Court of Appeal on Friday.

The original sentence was annulled, and a new sentence of 20 years, inclusive of a one-year extended licence, was instituted. The sex offender conditions placed on King remained unchanged.

The offences, occurring over a six-month period, came to light in December 2022 when the victim disclosed the abuse to a friend.

Leeds District Safeguarding Unit officers assisted the victim through video-recorded interviews and conducted thorough investigations, including securing forensic evidence.

Detective Inspector Mark Tester, of Leeds District Safeguarding Unit, said: “King’s offending has had a very traumatic impact on the victim, and we hope the increased sentence he has now received will give her and her family a greater sense of justice as they continue to move on with their lives.

“The police and our partners in the Crown Prosecution Service are committed to supporting victims throughout the investigation and the prosecution process and we hope this successful appeal for an increased sentence will demonstrate that commitment and give other victims of similar offences the confidence to come forward knowing they will be supported.”