May 2016

Devon railway worker jailed for sexual assaults on girl


A railway worker has been jailed after a teenage girl told a teacher about the abuse she had suffered.

Neville Gibbings had been molesting the girl for 10 months but she only revealed her ordeal after becoming upset by what she learnt in the lesson on human reproduction.

She revealed to police he had touched her and watched child abuse videos while she was with him.

The Great Western Railway ticket clerk sobbed as he was jailed for four years at Exeter Crown Court and told that the psychological effects on his victim were incalculable.

Gibbings, 46, of East Cliff Road, Dawlish, admitted two offences of assault by penetration and three of sexual activity with a child. He appeared by video link from Exeter Prison and sobbed and buried his face in a jumper as details of what he did were set out.

He was jailed for four years, ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register and made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order by Judge Graham Cottle.

He told him: “These matters came to light when the victim disclosed to a teacher what was happening to her at your hands. What you did is beyond comprehension to most ordinary decent people.

“You clearly have a significant problem which needs to be treated on a sex offenders’ programme while you are in custody.

“The victim has set out in an impact statement how she feels disgusted, outraged, upset and tearful. She has suffered flashbacks, nightmares and has had trouble sleeping.

“It is not possible to say how long term the consequences will be for her. It is very likely she will continue to suffer for many years, if not forever, as a result of what you did.”

Nigel Wraith, prosecuting, said the abuse started in June last year and continued until the victim revealed what was happening last month.

He said: “She became upset during a talk about the reproductive system. The teacher spoke to her and she made disclosures. She was interviewed by the police and described incidents which started the previous year.”

She told police she could recall hearing the voices of children on pornographic videos which Gibbings watched when she was with him. She said at least two of the assaults happened when he had been drinking.

Mr Wraith said child abuse images and movies had been found on computers seized at Gibbings’ home and he had admitted all the offences.