Judge orders 16 years’ jail  sentence for man convicted in child sexual abuse case

A man who sexually abused two girls has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

The man carried out the offences against a 10 year old girl and her 11 year old sister over a two week period.

He was living with their mother.

The man has a previous conviction for raping a 12 year old girl.

In his sentencing report, Mr Justice Cato said the sentence reflected and emphasised the need to deter and denounce crimes against vulnerable victims and protect children.

He said the girls, who are now in care, had been injured mentally and physically.

The man has been banned from having any contact with the victims or with his own daughters by the victims’ mother.

“I consider that   he   represents   a   serious   threat   to   girls   and  there   is  no certainty  that,  even  when  released  after  a  long  period of time  in custody,  he  will  not  still  represent  a  serious  threat,” Mr Justice Cato said.

The final 18 months of the man’s sentence will be suspended on condition that he does not commit any offences punishable by imprisonment for three years; that he is placed on probation; that he does not live in any residence where girls or young women live and that he receives sexual abuse counselling.

The court has ordered that no material be published that could identify the girls.

The main points

  • A man who sexually abused two girls has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.
  • The man, who cannot be named, carried out the offences against a 10 year old girl and her 11 year old sister over a two week period.
  • In his sentencing report, Mr Justice Cato said the sentence reflected emphasises the need to deter and denounce crimes against vulnerable victims and protect children.
  • The man has a previous conviction for raping a 12 year old girl.

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