March 2015

Convicted sex offender jailed for abducting nine-year-old girl and attempting to rape her in an alleyway

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A MAN has been sentenced to eight years in prison child abduction and attempted rape.

Steven Partridge, 23, of no fixed address, admitted the offences at an earlier hearing and was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Thursday, March 19.

It follows an incident in Southend on Monday, November 10, involving a nine-year-old girl.

Partridge, who had been living at an address in the town, was sentenced to eight years in jail and an additional three years on licence.

Dc Nicola Mills, of Laindon child abuse investigation team, said: “He put a young girl through a very traumatic experience and I am pleased this man has been taken off the streets so that she can now move forward, and the community will be protected from him for a considerable amount of time.

“I would like to pay tribute to the way the victim and her family have bravely coped in very distressing circumstances, with dignity and composure.”

February 2015

Convicted sex offender admits abducting a nine-year-old girl and attempting to rape her in an alleyway

Steven Partridge, 23, of York Road, Southend, showed no emotion as he admitted the sickening assault in Park Lane, near Park Street, Westcliff, when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court on Friday.

Partridge attacked the girl in an alleyway at 5pm on November 10. She was found by a passer-by and police were called.

A major manhunt took place with police taking the unprecedented step of naming Partridge and circulating his picture the day after the attack.

Essex Police’s Child Abuse Investigation Team tracked him down and questioned him.

It was revealed in court Partridge, whose partner is expecting a child, has previous convictions for sexual offences.

He had sex with a 13-year-old girl, and in 2007, when he was aged 15, he engaged in sexual activity with a 10-year-old girl.

It is not known how long Partridge had been living in Southend, but it is understood he had recently moved to Essex when he committed his latest crime.

Partridge wore red jogging bottoms, a black jumper and a necklace in the style of rosary beads, including the cross.

He was remanded in custody while pre-sentence reports are written, which will include an assessment of his danger to society.

Judge David Owen-Jones told Partridge: “You have sensibly pleaded guilty to these offences.

“That will allowyou full credit when the time comes to sentence you.”

The court heard Partridge had a social worker, who will help compile the reports.

He will be sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on March 19.