April 2017

Man indecently assaulted female for over 15 years

A MAN who indecently assaulted the same woman over a period of more than 15 years was jailed for a total of eight years in the Royal Court yesterday.

Sentencing David Mallett, 65, Judge Russell Finch said it had been, purely and simply, wicked conduct on the defendant’s part.

The breach of trust, the grooming, and the length of time that the offences spanned were aggravating factors, and he still maintained his innocence, which was common in cases of abuse.

Mallett’s crimes had caused significant and lasting damage to the woman, who had fallen victim to feelings of self-blame and self-hatred as a result.

His denials had forced her to give evidence in court and be subjected to protracted cross-examination by counsel.

Mallett had denied a total of eight charges of indecently assaulting the female but was found guilty of each at trial in February.

The first dated from the late 1970s when the woman was a child and the assaults continued into her adulthood.