May 2016

Man jailed for “humiliating” sex attacks on teenage girl


A man from Broadfield has been jailed for a series of sex attacks on a teenage girl he ‘groomed’ and ‘manipulated’ in Crawley.

Verol Wynter, unemployed, was sentenced at Brighton Crown Court last Thursday (May 12) having previously been found guilty after a trial in February of three charges of sexual assault.

These were specimen counts representing multiple assaults. He was given three years for each count, to be served concurrently – meaning he will be in prison for a total of three years.

Wynter, previously of Chippendale Road, in Broadfield, and now of Brooke Road, in Hackney, East London, carried out “humiliating” sex attacks on his victim who was aged between 14 and 16 at the time.

The 56-year-old will be a registered sex offender for life and was issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last indefinitely, severely restricting his access to children.

Wynter had been found not guilty of a further count of sexual assaults on the same girl and not guilty of 10 sexual assaults on another girl between 2001 and 2009.

The victim showed great courage in coming forward and givng evidence. Wynter had gradually managed to achieve a measure of coercion and control over her, taking advantage of her natural vulnerability to carry out a series of humiliating assaults.

In sentencing the court noted that Wynter’s behaviour towards her was grooming, an abuse of position of trust, abusive, manipulative and controlling and that the repeated sexual assaults had a severe psychological effect on her.