March 2015: O’Brien will be released early during June 2015 and will return to live in Ashwater

February 2013

Ashwater man jailed for historic sexual abuse

Hans O'Brien

A pervert from Ashwater has been jailed for a total of four years and seven months for the sexual abuse of a young girl

63-year-old Hans Richard O’Brien from Ashwater was convicted of multiple charges of historic sexual abuse against a child who was aged under 16 years old. 

The abuse began when the little girl was just 10-years-old and continued over a period of three years.

The court heard O’Brien had moved to Ashwater from Sutton, Surrey in 2005.

The former electronics engineer also faced charges relating to the sexual abuse of a different young female child which took place over a fifteen year period which began when the girl was aged just five years old – However those charges were dismissed by the court.

O’Brien will be subject to the conditions of the sex offenders register for an indefinite period