January 2021

Sex offender abused young girl shortly after release from prison for assaulting woman

A man subjected a young girl to repeated sexual assaults just months after being released from prison for a similar attack on a woman, a court has heard.

Mark Anthony Hawkes abused the primary school aged child while performing a sex act on himself.

The offences happened in the Swansea Valley in 2006 but were not reported at the time.

The 34-year-old defendant had previously been convicted of four counts of sexual assault of a girl under 13 when he appeared in the dock of Swansea Crown Court for sentencing.

John Hipkin QC, for the prosecution, said it was clear from a statement written by the victim that the abuse had had a serious emotional impact on her, causing the youngster – in her own words – to go “off the rails” and “ruining childhood memories”.

The court heard that in 2005 Hawkes had been sentenced to two years detention for the sexual assault of a woman, and had been released on licence shortly before the abuse of the girl.

Recorder Christopher Clee QC said reports into the defendant highlighted the fact that Hawkes was still denying the offences.

Hawkes, of Stonehill Crescent, Pagham, West Sussex, was sentenced to a total of eight years in prison. He was also made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order, and will be a registered sex offender for life.