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A WIGAN teenager, who subjected a younger boy to a humiliating assault and made him watch as he performed sex acts with a woman, has been told he cannot complain about his sentence.

Andrew Mark Buckingham was jailed for two years at Liverpool Crown Court in March, after he admitted three counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and one of assault by beating.

The 19-year-old, of Falconwood Close, Gidlow, challenged his sentence at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, with his lawyers arguing it was “too long”. But his appeal was dismissed by top judges, who said two years was “not excessive” for his crimes.

Mr Justice Cranston, sitting with Lord Justice Gross and Mr Justice Spencer, told the court the offences were committed last year.

The boy was sick after the assault, and told police he felt very angry and wanted to throw himself out of a window.

Buckingham’s lawyers argued the crown court judge didn’t take enough account of his mitigation, which included his severe communication problems and learning difficulties.

But, despite saying the case was “troubling”, Mr Justice Cranston dismissed the appeal, and ruled the sentence was “not excessive”.

He added: “The judge reached the right result.”