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Incest father has sentence doubled

British Columbia's highest court has doubled a prison term to 10 years for an elderly father who sexually abused his daughters, sexually touched his granddaughter and once described his family as his "harem."

The man named only as K.V.E in the ruling was sentenced June 5, 2013, to a five-year term for three counts of incest on his daughters and two years for sexual touching his grandaughter, all of which was to be served concurrently.

But the Crown appealed the sentence, arguing it wasn't proportionate to the gravity of the offences.

All three B.C. Court of Appeal judges hearing the case agreed with the Crown recommendation to increase the prison term to 10 years.

In a ruling issued today, Justice Sunni Stromberg-Stein says the sentencing judge gave insufficient weight to the principles of deterrence and denunciation, and the original sentence was disproportionate to the gravity of the offences.

Stromberg-Stein says a more appropriate sentence is five years for each count of incest, two years for sexual touching, all to be served consecutively, but has settled on 10 years.

The Canadian Press

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