September 2008

Sex abuse bus driver is jailed

RETIRED bus driver George Cribbett has been jailed for two years after being found guilty of a catalogue of child sex abuse crimes.

The 64-year-old, who served a prison sentence for two similar offences 15 years ago, must also register as a sex offender and has been banned from working with children indefinitely.

Widower Cribbett, of Castle Lane, Bournemouth, was convicted of nine indecent assault charges dating back more than 20 years during a trial at Bournemouth Crown Court last month.

He denied the offences but a jury rejected his pleas and found him guilty of assaulting a young girl between the ages of nine and 14

Sentencing, Judge Roger Jarvis told him: “This poor girl suffered and still suffers from what you did to her when she was a child.

“It is a set of circumstances so serious that only a custodial sentence is appropriate.”

Cribbett was given eight sentences of 18 months and one of two years, to run concurrently.

After the trial, investigating officer DC Bryan Colley urged other victims of sex crimes to come forward.

And he said of the victim: “Reliving her ordeal in court was a harrowing experience but, thanks to her bravery, justice has finally been done.

“I would urge others who have been abused, no matter how long ago it happened, to come forward. Just talking about their experiences can help.”

The victim, who cannot be identified, added: “I’m very relieved he has been locked up again. The responsibility, shame and blame lies with the abuser, not the victim.”