A NSW man who snatched a six-year-old girl and then raped her on Valentine's Day has had his sentence reduced.
The girl was riding her scooter outside her Mount Austin home in southern NSW just before midday on February 14, 2010 when Adam Jolly grabbed her and carried her to his ute.
Hearing her screams, the girl's mother ran after the ute and managed to grab hold of it but soon lost her grip and fell onto the road as it sped away.
Jolly took the girl to two semi-rural locations around Wagga Wagga and indecently assaulted and raped her.
About 90 minutes after he grabbed her, Jolly, then 27, dropped the girl near her home, saying, "You can walk from here."
In sentencing Jolly in 2012, Judge Jennifer English found his offending was an "aberration" and due perhaps in small part to "his unresolved anger and resentment towards women".
She found he suffered from a "precarious mental state" and subsequently sentenced him to a minimum of 15 years and 9 months.
But in a judgment handed down by the Court of Criminal Appeal on Tuesday, Justice Geoffrey Bellew found that Jolly's initial sentence was "manifestly excessive" and therefore "unreasonable and unjust".
He said Judge English erred when finding Jolly's offending was aggravated because it was aimed at self-gratification.
Justice Bellew said the judge had in effect punished Jolly twice, because sexual offences were inherently about self-gratification.
The court also found the overall sentence failed to take into proper account factors in favour of Jolly, such as how his early guilty plea demonstrated contrition and remorse.
Jolly was re-sentenced to a minimum of 13 years and four months, with his earliest date of release now Christmas Day, 2023, instead of May 24, 2026.