August 2021

Man jailed for sexual assault

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A man from Shefford was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to the sexual assault of a young girl and possession of indecent images.

Justin Sandilands, 43, of Church Street, Shefford, was jailed at Luton Crown Court for a child sexual offence dating back to 2019 on Monday (16 August).

The victim disclosed the offence to a family member, who then informed the police. Upon his arrest a number of digital devices were seized which were then examined by Bedfordshire Police’s Digital Forensic Unit.

After the content of these devices was reviewed by investigators, thousands of indecent images of children and extreme pornography were discovered.

Sandilands was sentenced to 42 months for one count of sexual assault, and was also sentenced to further six months for possession of indecent images offences.