April 2021

Sex offender from Northfleet facing jail after abusing child in Tilbury, Essex

A man who sexually abused a child is facing jail after a landmark case where new measures were used to help convict him and better support his young victim.

Jason Beadle, 34, of Northfleet sexually abused a child in Tilbury between 2017 and 2018.

He was arrested in October 2018 after the offences came to light and was charged in September 2019 with four counts of sexual assault of a child and two counts of assault by penetration.

His case was the first where Essex Police used new regulations which allow the evidence of vulnerable victims or witnesses to be pre-recorded at an early stage, before a trial.

This means their recollection of what happened is fresher and they don’t then have to go through the ordeal of giving evidence at an actual trial.

Beadle, of Dover Road, had denied the charges, but was found guilty after a trial at Basildon Crown Court on Monday April 12.

He is due to be sentenced at the same court on Wednesday, May 12.