Man who abused the same girl on three occasions avoids prison sentence

A GIRL who was abused by a man on three occasions has spoken of the dramatic impact it has had on her life.

Saturday, 4th May 2019, 5:49 pm
Updated Tuesday, 7th May 2019, 2:07 pm
Portsmouth Crown Court
Portsmouth Crown Court

Liam Guy, 38 from Furze Meadow, Nyewood, Petersfield, appeared in Portsmouth Crown Court today after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual assault on a child under 13, and one count of inciting her to engage in sexual activity.

All three offences were committed back in 2008 on a girl who to this day is scared to leave her house.

These incidents included stroking the girl's chest and putting her hand on his genitalia.

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Appearing for sentencing, Guy stood motionless in the dock as the girl's statement was read out by Jeffrey Lamb, prosecuting.

She said: 'I am very wary of other people and find it hard to trust people.

'I get scared that I will bump into him when I go out – I'm constantly stressed and am scared to leave the house.

'I do struggle with my sleeping and have been prescribed medication – on bad days I do have nightmares and flashbacks.'

Bridget O'Hagan, mitigating, told the court that Guy made a full admission to the police when they first interviewed him in 2017 – shortly after the girl informed them of the abuse.

She also asked for the sentence to reflect the 'unacceptable' two-year wait from admitting the offences to appearing in court.

Sentencing, Judge David Melville QC highlighted the seriousness of the crimes committed - but decided on a suspended sentence given Guy's remorse and immediate confession to police in 2017.

Judge Melville said: 'You pleaded guilty when the police first interviewed you.

'Had you not pleaded guilty and made a full admission I would have taken much more severe view.’

Guy received concurrent two year sentences for each offence, which are suspended for two years.

A restraining order will be enforced and he will spend 10 years on the sex offenders register.

He has also been made to do 100 hours of unpaid work and pay £340 in costs.