April 2007

Loner abused eight-year-old girl

A MAN who preyed on a vulnerable eight-year-old girl has been locked up for a year.

Greg Davis, 21, of Brindles, Canvey, had repeatedly abused the young victim, now 11, in her home.

Davis, who was 17 at the time, befriended the girl so he could sexually abuse her, Judge Philip Clegg said in his sentencing at Basildon Crown Court.

Judge Clegg said Davis, like his victim, had been bullied at school, and took advantage of the girl’s vulnerability to gain her trust.

Between November, 2003, and February, 2004, he went into the girl’s bedroom and touched her indecently over her pyjamas.

The judge said: “Your motive of befriending her was so you could sexually abuse her.

“You knew you could count on her silence because of the trust she had in you as a friend. You told her not to tell anyone and she didn’t want to get you in trouble.

“Only when she had the courage to tell her parents two years later was this matter brought to justice.”

Davis was convicted on March 9 on two counts of indecent assault.

Nicola May, mitigating, asked that Davis – a loner with mental health issues – be put on a rehabilitation programme instead of being jailed.

She said: “According to the victim’s father, the victim has not suffered any lasting psychological stress at this stage.

“He has suggested more constructive help rather than a prison sentence might be suitable.”

However, Judge Clegg said: “This girl was extremely vulnerable and only eight at the time.

“I do not have any other choice, but to imprison you.”

The judge said he was also concerned about Davis dating a 15-year-old girl.

Davis was jailed for 12 months, with a two-year extended licence when he is released. He must sign the sex offenders register for ten years.

Davis will also have to follow a sex offenders prevention order, which forbids him socialising with any child under 16, not living at an address with a child under 16 without the parents’ permission and co-operating with police monitoring officers for ten years.