July 2013

Crawley man sentenced for sex offences against two girls

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A man who sexually abused two young girls in his Crawley home has been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.

Robert Arklie, 66 years, formerly of Seaford Road, Broadfield, in Crawley, was found guilty after a five-day trial at Hove Crown Court, on two counts of sexually assaulting one girl and on the other girl two counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual penetration

The assaults took place on the girls between 2004 and 2006 when they were were aged between seven and nine at his home where his wife acted as a child minder.

Arklie, now of Glebe Road, Cranleigh, Surrey, was also ordered to be a registered sex offender for life on his release from prison.

Detective Constable Dani Flude said; “The victims were very brave to come forward. They had to overcome a very natural human barrier to disclosing what had happened to them, and we ensured they received proper welfare and support so that they could give evidence in court and help ensure that justice was done.

“It is another example of the way in which the criminal justice system will support victims of such offences however long ago they happened.”