January 2011

Weeping man found guilty of abusing girl

A MAN wept and screamed in the dock when he was found guilty of sexually abusing a schoolgirl.

Smit Johnson, aged 30, collapsed on the floor and started punching a chair at Bolton Crown Court when he was told he faces a lengthy jail sentence.

He shouted: “I did not do this, I am innocent.”

But Judge Elliot Knopf told him: “You have been convicted by a jury of three offences against a young girl.

“A custodial sentence of some length is inevitable and I have no option but to refuse bail. The jury, after deliberating for four hours, found Johnson guilty of causing a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity, attempted rape and inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity. During the trial they heard that a schoolgirl, who is now aged 11, was first abused by Johnson in November, 2008.

Johnson and the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were both at the same party when he is alleged to have gone into the girl’ bedroom and sexually assaulted her.

A second incident occurred a year ago when Johnson called her into a bedroom, pulled her on to the bed and attempted to rape her.

The abuse was only avoided when a relative of the girl walked into the room and found her in the bed and Johnson in the same room.

The court heard the girl was frightened to reveal what had happened and only confided it to her mother in June last year, after which Johnson was arrested.

Johnson, of Nevis Grove, Sharples, had denied the allegations.