Victim "glad" Hayling Island predator "exposed" for sex attacks on child

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The victim of a Hayling Island predator found guilty of historical sex attacks on a child said she is “glad” he has been “exposed”.

Terry Welstead, 34, of Pebble Close, was found guilty of four charges after a trial at Portsmouth Crown Court in November.

Jurors returned guilty verdicts on two charges of indecent assault of a girl under 14, gross indecency of a girl under 16, and attempting to incite a girl aged under 13 to engage in a penetrative sexual activity. The offences happened around 20 years ago.

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Portsmouth Crown Court               Picture: Chris MoorhousePortsmouth Crown Court               Picture: Chris Moorhouse
Portsmouth Crown Court Picture: Chris Moorhouse

Welstead was sentenced on the Isle of Wight after previous delays to the case. He was spared jail but was handed a three-year community order in which he has to undertake 260 hours of unpaid work and attend 35 rehabilitation days and a six-month alcohol treatment programme. He must also attend a sex offender’s programme.

His victim, speaking after the sentence, said: “Whilst I wouldn’t wish the process on anyone, I’m glad he has been exposed. I hope it will give other victims the courage to do the same. I’m going to put this behind me and move forward with my life now.”