June 2015

Pensioner jailed for sexually abusing girl in the 1980s

A PENSIONER who subjected a young girl to sexual abuse in the 1980s while he was living in the St Austell area has been jailed.

At Truro Crown Court last Friday, David Webb admitted three sexual offences against the then underage girl, now an adult, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

David Evans, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the woman reported Webb to the police in 2013.

She described how the 65-year-old had made her touch him sexually on a number of occasions.

Mr Evans said: “She feels that she herself was the disgusting one.”

Mr Evans said Webb, who lived in Tywardreath at the time of the offences, admitted the offences to police officers in interview and said that whatever happened to him he deserved.

“[He said] ‘I am so sorry for what I have done and I accept whatever happens next’,” said Mr Evans.

Webb, whose address was listed as of no formal abode, pleaded guilty to three counts of indecency with a child on dates between 1985 and 1987.

Chris Spencer, for the defence, said Webb regretted committing the offences but accepted that there had been at least four occasions of the abuse.

Sentencing, Judge Simon Carr, said the case involved serious offences against a very young child.

He said: “What you did over those few months was to destroy a significant amount of her happiness and life forever.

“She accepts it is not a nightmare that had ended as yet for her.

“You on the other hand have been able to get on untroubled.”

Judge Carr accepted that when Webb was finally arrested he showed remorse.

Webb was jailed for three and a half years.