A businessman given a six-and-a-half-year jail sentence after being convicted of sex attacks on two women he met via Facebook had his sentence increased by the Court of Appeal on Tuesday.
Three appeal judges yesterday said Husaini Master, 52, of Sandymoor, Allerton, Bradford, should serve a nine-year jail term.
The appeal court analysed the case after Government legal advisers complained that the initial term was not long enough.
Solicitor General Oliver Heald welcomed the decision.
“Husaini Master groomed two young women through Facebook, he took them to hotel rooms and having plied them with alcohol and drugged them, he sexually assaulted them while they were unconscious, vulnerable and defenceless,” said Mr Heald, Tory MP for Hertfordshire North East, following an appeal hearing in London.
“A further aggravating factor was the use of his mobile telephone to film and photograph the offending.
“He then pleaded not guilty to his crimes and put his victims through the ordeal of giving evidence in court, causing them further distress.
“I am very reassured that the Court of Appeal has found that a sentence of six and half years was unduly lenient, and replaced it with one of nine years.”
Master had been jailed at Birmingham Crown Court in July following a trial.
He had denied wrongdoing but was convicted of rape and other sexual offences.
Jurors were told that both women had been in their 20s when assaulted in 2011 and 2012.