August 2013

OAP is facing jail after admitting child sex abuse

A PENSIONER is facing more than a year behind bars after sexually abusing a little girl.

John Caldicott abused the girl at an address in Basingstoke on three occasions in 2003 and 2004.

The 73-year-old, of no fixed abode, was in the dock at Winchester Crown Court for sentence, having admitted three counts of indecent assault on a female under the age of 14 at a previous hearing.

The assaults came to light when the victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told her mother in July this year about the abuse. Her mother then told the police, the court heard.

“She explained to her mother she was fearful that no-one would believe her,” said prosecutor Peter Asteris.

The assaults took place in the space of three months. The court heard the assaults involved Caldicott simulating sex with the victim when he was partially clothed.

Mr Asteris added that Caldicott admitted the assaults in interview after his arrest, and said he “acted on impulse” and that it was “hard to explain”.

Charles Durrant, defending, said: “The best mitigation comes in his early admission of guilt. Whilst you can never turn back the clock, I know he wishes to, and he had no wish to make these proceedings more difficult for this young girl.”

Judge Susan Evans said he had abused the girl in “appalling fashion”.

She added: “This court knows that these sorts of offences have life-changing effects upon victims and will affect her for the rest of her life.”

She sentenced Caldicott to a total of 40 months imprisonment, adding that he will spend half of the sentence in prison and the rest on licence.

Caldicott was forced to sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.