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Mother convicted of FGM sentenced to eleven years imprisonment for the offence

Further two years to be served for other offences

The mother of a young girl who became the first person to be convicted of female genital mutilation offences in England and Wales has been sentenced to eleven years imprisonment. She was also sentenced to a further term of two years, to be served consecutively, for distributing indecent photographs of children contrary to s 1(1)(b) of the Protection of Children Act 1978. Sentences for convictions on other counts were to be served concurrently.

The accused was found guilty of committing FGM in August 2017 when her daughter was three years old. The mother was born in Uganda has lived in the UK for a number of years. FGM is banned in both countries.

The mother (37) and father (43) were both charged with:

Count 1: Female Genital Mutilation, contrary to section 1(1) of the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. Both defendants on 28 August 2017 excised, or otherwise mutilated, the whole or any part of the labia minora or clitoris of the complainant.

Count 2: Failing to protect a girl from the risk of genital mutilation, contrary to Section 3a of the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. Both defendants on 28 August 2017 had parental responsibility for the complainant, a girl under the age of 16 against whom an offence of female genital mutilation was committed.

The father was acquitted by the jury.

This case was the first time that anyone in England and Wales was charged with failing to protect a person from FGM under section 3a of the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003.

During the procedure at her mother's home in north London, parts of the girl's genitalia were either cut and removed or partially removed.

The mother claimed her daughter's injuries were caused when she fell from a kitchen counter and onto an open, metal lined cupboard door. None of the medical experts who gave evidence supported that claim. The Old Bailey heard that she was deliberately cut and the injuries amounted to FGM.

For the sentencing remarks of Mrs Justice Whipple, click here.

8/3/19