November 2011

Pervert jailed for sex attack on young girl following Facebook accusations

A PAEDOPHILE who sexually assaulted a young child has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Vincent Jones’s defence barrister, Matthew Lowe, made no mitigation at Northampton Crown Court yesterday other than to say: “I make the obvious concession that these are the most revolting of offences.”

Jones, of Exeter Place, Northampton town centre, admitted three charges of sexual assault at an earlier hearing.

The offences, which took place on three separate occasions, came to light through a posting on Facebook calling Jones “a kiddie fiddler”.

Felicity Gerry, prosecuting, told the judge the girl had said she was too scared to tell anyone.

Advising the judge on sentencing, Ms Gerry said: “It doesn’t get much worse than the offences he is accused of.”

The court heard that since the assaults the victim “had the attitude of a much older child and can be quite rude”.

She was said to have a “marked decline” in her demeanour and to have become more withdrawn.

Ms Gerry told the court Jones had 20 convictions over 32 years, dating back to 1982.

The offences included grievous bodily harm, common assault theft and criminal damage.

Sentencing Jones, Judge Michael Fowler said: “You’re now 48 and you’ve got an appalling record for nothing approaching anywhere as serious as these matters.

“There is very little that can really be said that can affect by way of mitigation the offences that you’ve committed.”

He added: “That, against a background of you having convicted offences of violence in the past, demonstrates extremely concerning features of your character,” Judge Fowler added.

Jones was sentenced to eight years imprisonment for each offence, to run concurrently.

He was also served a 10-year sexual offences prevention order that will prevent him from being around any girl aged under 16 without supervision.

He was also disqualified for life from working with children.