Planned stiffer punishments for abusers of children could lead to life in prison, according to Tony’s Law

Planned stiffer punishments for abusers of children could lead to life in prison, according to Tony’s Law

The government has proposed stiffer punishments for child abusers in England and Wales, which could result in life in prison.

It is proposed that the maximum sentence for anyone who causes the death of a child or vulnerable adult will be life imprisonment rather than the 14 years already allowed.

Also, the maximum prison term for those who intentionally hurt children would be raised from 10 to 14 years.

It is named after Tony Hudgell, a seven-year-old boy who had both of his legs amputated in 2017 because of maltreatment he received at the hands of his birth parents.

Since then, Tony's birth parents have been imprisoned for 10 years at the current maximum penalty for their crimes.
When Tony's adoptive parents heard about the new measures, they welcomed them enthusiastically. They're just one of many measures being added by ministers to a bill that currently sits on the House of Commons floor.

Their efforts to change the law were lauded by Justice Secretary Dominic Raab, who took Tony to meet him.
"Tony's kept us going," said Kings Hill resident Ms Hudgell, who lives in Kent.

A lot of stories are out there, and justice isn't being served.

There are many children and newborns who have lost their lives, and this is in honour of them.

Raab praised the "courage" of Tony Hudgell, as well as the "courage" of his adoptive parents.

Because "no one is more fragile than a young child," he said, laws must protect the most vulnerable to their fullest extent.
"Tony and all the babies and children that suffered or lost their lives at the hands of their abusers," said Ms Hudgell, who claimed she was "delighted" by the announcement.

To this day, his fingers and toes are still damaged, and the ligaments in his legs are torn.

For ten days, he was neglected and in constant pain.

Tony had to have both of his legs amputated due to the horrible injury, and he now uses a wheelchair.
Tony's Law has been supported by Tonbridge MP Tom Tugendhat and his adoptive parents.

As a result of the government's support, Ms. Hudgell expressed her delight.

Her hope is that more can be done to safeguard children, the most vulnerable members of our society, since those who assaulted her son were imprisoned in 2018.

It was a team effort, and I owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who helped make this nearly four-year campaign a success, particularly Tom Tugendhat, my friend Julia Roberts, a court reporter, as well as the rest of my family and friends.
Tony has since gone on to help others raise money for charity by participating in a walkathon.

Walking 10 kilometres on prosthetic legs in 30 days was his goal, but he ended up earning more than $1 million for the hospital that saved his life.

They also said an amendment to the Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill will require life sentences for individuals who kill a police officer while committing a crime.