Febuary 2012

Man Who Raped Young Girls Will Not Go To Jail

A MAN of 59 from St Martins who raped and sexually assaulted children as young as five over a 20-year period will not serve a prison sentence, after a psychiatric report found him unfit to enter a plea.

Judge Peter Barrie told Shrewsbury Crown that although a jury had found it proved that George Jones, of Cottage Lane, St Martins, had committed the offences outlined in 14 of 15 charges, a psychiatric report concluded Jones has a mild learning disability which meant he was not fit to enter a plea.

Judge Barrie said this left him little option but to go along with the report’s recommendation and impose a two-year supervision order, with a continuing order to report his details to police for the next five years.

The judge told Jones:  “The sentence must seem to all concerned as totally inadequate. You would otherwise have been facing a long period of imprisonment, but given your condition I have limited sentencing powers open to me.”

The judge told Jones he was satisfied he knew what he was doing when he abused two girls between 1976 and 1982, and a third between 1991 and 1996.
“You indecently assaulted and raped these young girls and I am quite sure you knew what you were doing and the harm you were causing.”

The incidents found proved by the jury related to three children and included five counts of indecent assault and two of rape of a five-year-old, then indecent assault and rape of the same child between the ages of seven and ten.

There were also four counts of indecent assault and one of attempted rape of a second child under the age of 13, and three counts of indecent assault of a third child under the age of 13.

The psychiatrist’s report described Jones as having a mild retardation, with depressive symptoms, poor concentration, complaining of feeling tired and anxious when left alone and having been prescribed anti-depressants.

Judge Barrie said: “It is clear that you do have a learning disability as well as depression and physical problems, that you have not committed any further offences in the last 15 years and that no treatment could serve any useful purpose.”

Judge Barrie commended Jones’ victims for their bravery in coming forward and giving evidence, but added: “I must express my disappointment that for all these years nobody knew about this or if they did, did nothing about it. This has been very harmful to three young people.”