was jailed for five years for the sex attack on a 13-month-old baby
when he appeared at the High Court in Dunfermline yesterday.
Taylor pleaded guilty on August 7 to raping the baby girl, to
lewd and libidinous behaviour towards a six-year-old girl and to
possessing indecent images of children.
The offences were committed between August 1998 and December last
year at Taylor's home in Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, the court
sitting before Lord Reed heard.
The Crown Office said it would consider an appeal while the
Scottish Executive said the newly-created Sentencing Commission
would tackle public concerns about perceived lenient sentencing.
But the Scots Tories and Nationalists reacted with outrage to the
SNP shadow justice minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "In this
gutwrenchingly appalling case, most people will be perplexed at the
leniency of the sentence.
"I hope that the Crown will appeal against this short sentence in
order to issue a stricter punishment that is more appropriate."
Scots Tory justice spokeswoman and deputy leader Annabel Goldie
said: "The circumstances of this crime are sickening, repugnant and
"The public will find incomprehensible a sentence which in real
terms amounts to approximately two years for a crime which was by
any standards horrific."
A Crown Office spokesman said: "The Lord Advocate has asked for a
report on this case to consider whether the Crown should appeal on
the grounds that an unduly lenient sentence has been imposed.
"Crown counsel will receive that report in due course."
Justice minister Cathy Jamieson said: "I want to make clear my
commitment to a Sentencing Commission for Scotland.
"There is real scope to improve the consistency of sentencing in
Scotland. While the Scottish Executive's main role is to ensure that
the courts have an adequate range of penalties available to them, as
a politician I cannot fail to respond to public concerns over
seemingly light or inconsistent sentences.
"We need the Commission to tackle head-on the public's ongoing
concerns about sentencing - and in turn make recommendations that
will go a long way towards building public trust in the justice
system in Scotland."
A spokeswoman for the Scottish Executive added: "The whole issue
of child abuse is one that is high up the agenda for the Executive.
"There are a number of issues we are working on to try and make
sure that children like that are not exposed to that kind of
"There has been a number of reviews, but I can't comment on that