October 2012

Sex offender will remain in jail

A CHILD sex offender has had his sentence reduced by a year but will remain in prison after a retrial overturned one conviction but upheld two others.

Alan Morris, 63, from Bishopstone, was jailed for three years in November last year after being found guilty of three counts of indecent exposure, one of sexual assault and one of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

At a retrial at Salisbury Crown Court last week he was found not guilty of one count of indecent exposure, but guilty of another count of the same charge and of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

The jury was unable to reach verdicts on the third count of indecent exposure and of sexual assault, and the offences will lie on file.

The incidents happened in Tisbury between January and June 2010, when Morris exposed himself to the victim before encouraging her to touch him.

Marcus Tregilgas-Davey, defending, said it was a one-off incident. “There was no contact in this case and that is something that needs to be borne in mind,” he said.

“My client has lost an awful lot. I accept he has brought this on himself but he has not been able to see his three children since his arrest more than two years ago, he has lost his relationship and he has lost his home.

“He has been shunned by all friends and family he has and he is an entirely isolated, lonely man in his 60s.”

Judge Nigel Pascoe handed Morris, who has been in prison for nearly 11 months, the same sentence he was originally given on the two relevant charges.

He said: “Emotionally you created for a young girl a very unpleasant childhood memory. The bottom line is that the girl told the truth and she didn’t lie at all. You on the other hand tried to lie your way out of this, which is contemptible and cowardly.”

Morris, of Whitlock Rise, was also made subject of a sexual offences prevention order for ten years and will remain on the sex offenders register.

September 2012

Retrial sees some of his child sex convictions overturned

A MAN from Bishopstone who was jailed for three years for child sex offences has had some of his convictions overturned following a retrial last week. Alan Morris, 62, was sentenced to three years in prison in November last year after being found guilty of three counts of exposure, one of sexual assault and one of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

But following a trial last week, he was cleared of the two counts of exposure and one of sexual assault and found guilty for the second time of one count of exposure and one of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. The charges relate to incidents in Tisbury between January and June 2010. Morris, of Whitlock Rise, will be sentenced at Salisbury Crown Court on Thursday.

November 2011

Child sex offender jailed

A MAN from Bishopstone who “has his eyes closed to his offending” has been jailed for three years for child sex offences.

Alan Roy Morris, 62, was found guilty of three counts of exposure, one of sexual assault and one of causing or inciting a child under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity.

Salisbury Crown Court heard on Wednesday that the incidents took place between January and June last year.

Marcus Tregilgas-Davey, defending, said: “While he has a relevant previous conviction, it happened more than 20 years ago and between then and these offences he has led a law abiding life and, in terms of his employment, a productive one.

“I accept he has brought it entirely on himself but he has lost his home and a relationship of 16 years and he has been ostracised by the few members of his family and friends he had.”

Mr Tregilgas-Davey told the court Morris, of Whitlock Rise, was “not a man in particularly good health” and urged Recorder Peter Towler to consider a community order.

“He has his eyes closed to his offending,” said Mr Tregilgas-Davey. “A community order is the one thing that may help this man address what has led him to these offences.”

But Recorder Towler said: “It seems to me that such a course of treatment would be unlikely to work because of his constant denial of his behaviour that there has been anything wrong.”

Sentencing Morris to three years in prison, Recorder Towler said: “You don’t appear to accept guilt or that there was anything wrong in the way you were behaving.”

Morris was also given a lifetime sexual offences prevention order, restricting his access to children, and will remain on the sex offenders register indefinitely.