December 2002

Sex beast jailed for 8 years

A HALESOWEN man has been jailed for eight years for a series of sex attacks on a young girl.

Alan Bashford, 41, of no fixed address, was convicted by a Wolverhampton Crown Court jury on three charges of rape and another of indecency with a child under 16.

Bashford, who denied all charges, was told by Judge Elizabeth Fisher that a substantial sentence for such serious offences was inevitable.