April 2011

Man jailed after abusing girl for six years

A man who sexually abused a girl for six years has been jailed.

Vincent Baskerville, 64, of Union Street, Leigh was jailed for five years and four months at Liverpool Crown Court today.

He was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life. He pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual assault at an earlier hearing. Baskerville began abusing the girl in 2004. The girl contacted police and reported Baskerville had abused her and had sex with her.

Detective Constable Paolo Dale, from Wigan Public Protection Investigation Unit, said: “This woman has been incredibly brave by coming forward, helping us put Baskerville through the court process and putting him behind bars.

“We take all reports of sexual abuse seriously no matter how long ago they happened and if anyone is in the same position as this woman, I want them to have the confidence to come forward so we can have justice done for them too.”

Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault can contact Greater Manchester Police on 0161 872 5050 or 999 in an emergency. GMP has specially trained officers in place to provide a first class response to victims and help support them through the criminal justice process.

St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester, can also be contacted on 0161 276 6515. This provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical after care service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police.