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Under-fire judge to face abuser
A judge at the centre of a storm over inappropriate comments made about a teenage sex attack victim is to face her abuser again in court.
Judge Nigel Peters QC is being investigated by the judicial watchdog over remarks made during the sentencing of paedophile Neil Wilson, who admitted engaging in sexual activity with the 13-year-old girl.
Wilson, 41, who walked free from court with a suspended sentence, is to appear before Judge Peters via videolink at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday to deal with "an administrative matter" in relation to his sentence.
A row broke out earlier this week when it emerged prosecuting barrister Robert Colover labelled the young girl "predatory" and "sexually experienced" and Judge Peters said he accounted for the way the girl looked and behaved when he sentenced Wilson.
Mr Colover has been suspended from prosecuting sexual offence cases pending a review by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), while Judge Peters' comments are to be investigated by the Office for Judicial Complaints.
Prime Minister David Cameron has previously said the CPS was ''absolutely right'' to label Mr Colover's comments as "inappropriate".
Mr Colover, a self-employed barrister, told a hearing at London's Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday: ''The girl is predatory in all her actions and she is sexually experienced.''
As well as receiving a number of complaints, from both individuals and an organisation, the CPS was confronted by a petition, which now has more than 50,000 signatures, demanding Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer investigate the language used by Mr Colover.
The Office for Judicial Complaints confirmed it had received a number of complaints about the remarks made by Judge Peters during Wilson's sentencing and they would be considered.
Wilson, 41, now faces having his sentence reviewed after Attorney General Dominic Grieve agreed to examine the case. Police also found images of child abuse and bestiality at Wilson's home in Romford, Essex. Wilson, now living in York, admitted two counts of making extreme pornographic images and one count of sexual activity with a child.