December 2007

Jail stretch for man who fondled girl, 13

A man who fondled a 13-year-old girl when he was already on the sex offenders’ register for life has been jailed after breaching a community order.

Andrew Dolman, 24 and formerly of Mason Avenue, Lillington, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court earlier this year to a charge of sexual activity with a child.

But he was back before the courts this week after breaking the terms of the order he received then – and jailed for 12 months.

Prosecutor Darren Whitehead said that in May 2006 Dolman had met a group of youngsters in Leamington and had indulged in sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl by touching her over her clothing. The accused had already been put on the sex offenders’ register for life following an indecent assault in September 1999.

A terrified 18-year-old girl had a knife held to her neck and was attacked as she visited her grandfather’s grave at Bedworth cemetery. A four-year sentence was imposed in July 2000, but it was later reduced to three by the Court of Appeal.

Following the May incident, Dolman was given a community order with 12 months supervision and ordered to do 60 hours of unpaid work.

The order was amended in July when the unpaid work condition was removed and, instead, he was ordered to live at a probation hostel for six months.

But Mr Whitehead said that since then he had repeatedly been in breach of the hostel’s rules by failing to comply with a curfew and by returning home drunk. He said: “The probation service are of the view that the order is unworkable, and ask for him to be re-sentenced.”

Lawrence Watts, defending, conceded his client – also the first ever district recipient of a Criminal Anti-social Behaviour Order for making his Clare Close neighbours’ lives a misery with loud music in 2006 – was facing prison.

Mr Watts asked the time in custody Dolman had spent on remand be counted towards the term.

Judge Christopher Hodson said: “In May the court sentenced you to a community order for sexual assault on a girl of 13, and in July you were ordered to live at a hostel for six months.

“You went there, but you were disruptive and would not keep to the curfew and were returning drunk.

“Those who administer those premises take the view that they will not have you back and that the community order is unworkable. Attempts to deal with you in the community have failed.”