Dec 2009

Newbridge man jailed for sex attack

A NEWBRIDGE man was jailed for three years after admitting sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

Phillip Churcher, 66, of Claremont Road, Pantside, appeared in Cardiff crown court, for sentencing having admitted indecent assault and sexual assault at a previous hearing.

Prosecutor Michael Mather-Lees told the court the offences happened on August 24, 2008.

Mr Mather-Lees said Churcher kissed the girl and sexually assaulted her. The court heard the girl went home, but did not want to tell her family what was wrong. When she eventually told her mother, the police were called and Churcher was arrested.

The court heard Churcher told police the girl was lying and then refused to comment any further.

Churcher changed his plea to guilty on the day the trial was due to start on November 23 this year.

Representing Churcher, Andrew Jones told the court the incident happened in a “moment of madness” and Churcher was still at a loss to “rationally explain” his actions.

Mr Jones said: “This is a man that wants to rebuild what has been shattered by his own stupid actions.”

Judge Neil Bidder said: “You do not understand your motivation for these offences and you have not come to terms with your motivation and that uncertainty is such that there remains a significant risk of further offending.”

Churcher was sentenced to three years for indecent assault and a concurrent two-year term for sexual assault. He must register as a sex offender and was disqualified from working with children indefinitely.

Judge Bidder also imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order prohibiting Churcher from being in the company of a female child under 18 without the presence of their parent or guardian.