June 2008

Courage of child abuse victims praised

The Crown Prosecution Service has praised the bravery of four abuse victims who brought their abuser to justice more than two decades after he had preyed on them as children.

David Robert George Howson, 39,  of Vetch Close, Pembroke, was jailed for 18 months and put on the sex offenders register for ten years, after a jury convicted him of indecently assaulting three young girls and a boy during the 1980s.

Gerald Neave was the Crown Advocate responsible for advising the police on this case and preparing it for trial. He commended the victims for their bravery in bringing the case to court.

“The case involved allegations going back over a period of 25 years,” he said. “It took great strength and courage for the victims to come to court and give their evidence.

“The Crown Prosecution Service, police and witness care unit provided support to the victims throughout the proceedings to assist them in this regard and this played a considerable part in bringing the case to a successful conclusion.”

Mr Neave added that the CPS and the police had worked diligently and in close co-operation throughout the prosecution.