A CONVICTED paedophile from Solihull has had an extra 12 months added to his prison sentence - three days before he was due to be released.
Former pub landlord Ralph William Newnes was jailed for 15 months last July after pleading guilty to 27 child sex offences involving girls.
It is understood the 61-year-old was due for release on Monday after serving half of his jail term but prosecutors referred the case to the Court of Appeal because they thought the sentence was “unduly lenient”.
Newnes, of Lansdale Avenue, Solihull, ran the Old Colonial in Damson Lane for 22 years. He retired from the pub about six years ago.
His offences came to light after he appeared in a Birmingham newspaper in 2006 appealing for child killer Brian Field to help police find two missing Chelmsley Wood schoolboys, Patrick Warren and David Spencer. They disappeared on Boxing Day in 1996.
Field, who had been a regular at the pub until his arrest in 2000 for the murder of Surrey schoolboy Roy Tuthill, was interviewed by police investigating the disappearance of the local boys.
A woman, who saw the newspaper story and knew Newnes’ victims, came forward after being angered at what she regarded as his hypocrisy.