William Richardson – Connah’s Quay
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Pensioner jailed for indecent assault of young girl
A 76-year-old man who escaped justice for indecently assaulting a young girl more than 15 years ago was jailed for three years yesterday.
William Richardson, of Garrett Close, Connah’s Quay had denied the offence but was found guilty by a jury after a trial.
Caernarfon crown court heard that when the abuse took place the pensioner had also received a community service order for indecent assault on a woman.
Judge Geraint Walters told Richardson that the child had made an allegation shortly after the abuse took place and police were informed but no further action was taken.
Judge Walters said: “Through no fault of your own, even though there was an inquiry, the prosecution at that time took no proceedings against you or at least, if they did, it didn’t go very far.
“So far as you were concerned, people thought the matter had gone away. But what nobody had bargained for was the fact events like this very often have a traumatic effect upon those who are the victims of them. She was no exception.
“She had a recollection of what you had done which stayed with her as she grew up.”
The victim, as an adult, went to the authorities to inquire about what had happened to the complaint she made years ago which eventually led to Richardson being brought to justice.
Judge Walters told him: “She wasn’t out to get you. You will appreciate a prison sentence is inevitable. The only question for me is how short can it properly be in the circumstances?”
Richardson must register as a sex offender indefinitely and a sexual harm prevention order was made for 10 years, restricting the pensioner’s contact with children.
Defence barrister John Hedgecoe said: “He has demonstrated that he is unlikely to re-offend and is now 76.”
The barrister went on to say that Richardson had found it “very difficult” in Liverpool’s Altcourse jail and wasn’t in good health
“He’s going to struggle to serve any sentence,” Mr Hedgecoe added.