December 2008

Brockworth man jailed for abusing girl, 9

A 60-YEAR-OLD Brockworth man who sexually abused a nine-year-old girl has been jailed for four years 10 months.

Former taxi driver Brian Upton claimed he was teaching the girl the facts of life when he abused her between February 1996-98 Gloucester Crown Court was told.

Upton, of Vicarage Court, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to three charges of indecently assaulting the girl and one of gross indecency with her.

His admissions came on the second day of his trial on those and other more serious charges, including rape, which he denied.

On Monday the prosecution asked for the other nine charges of rape, indecent assault and attempted unlawful intercourse to remain on the court file without being proceeded with.

Judge Mark Horton agreed.

Jailing Upton, the judge told him his offences had been a “gross abuse”.

The judge said Upton’s progressively serious offending against the girl was a “planned enterprise”.

Psychiatric reports found him to have paedophilic and psychopathic aspects to his character and there was a high risk of him committing future sexual assaults.

The judge said Upton (pictured) would serve half his sentence before being paroled. The 228 days he had spent in custody on remand since his arrest would count towards his sentence.

After release Upton will have to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

Kerry Barker, prosecuting, said that although the offences happened in the 1996-98 it was not until March this year that the girl complained and police were called.

In an ‘impact statement’ the girl said as a result of her experiences with Upton she has difficulty with relationships.

“It’s only now that I’m able to cry – I wouldn’t cry before because I saw it as a sign of weakness,” she said.

Robert Duval, defending, said Upton had been “inappropriately dealing with the facts of life” when he committed the offences.