Man found guilty of rape and indecent assault at Nottingham Crown Court

20/06/2016

A 63-year-old man has been jailed for 10 years for a string of offences committed against women and children.

Following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court, Bryan aka 'Bryn' Bastion, of Skegness, was found guilty of the rape and indecent assault of a woman, two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against another woman, indecency with a child, and the indecent assault of another child.

He was sentenced on Thursday 16 June 2016 to 10 years imprisonment, disqualified from working with children and required to sign the sex offenders register for life.

All the offences took place in Kirkby-in-Ashfield in the late 1980s 1990s and early 2000s.

He was charged and convicted under the laws in force at the time the offences took place.

Lois Colley, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) East Midlands Senior Crown Prosecutor, said: "This case involved a multitude of charges against the defendant, including very serious sexual offences against adult women and children and violence against others.

"Bryan Bastion is an extremely violent and volatile individual. It is only due to the great courage of the victims, and their feeling of duty to protect others, that the despicable behaviour of this man has been exposed. I would like to pay tribute to them for their strength, tenacity and selflessness in coming forward.

"The convictions and sentence serve as an important message to people who have been the victim of crimes such as these, or those who know such crimes are being committed, that they should come forward and that time is no barrier to justice.

"The CPS will work closely with partners, as we did with Nottinghamshire Police in this case, to ensure that robust criminal cases are put before the courts.

"The emotional impact on the victims caused by the actions of this man is impossible to quantify. I hope the convictions and sentence go some way towards allowing them to feel justice has been done."

Nottinghamshire Police Detective Constable Becki Kelly said: "I'd like to acknowledge the women at the centre of this case. These offences may have taken place a long time ago, but their experiences with Bastion have remained forefront of their minds and had significant affect on their lives going forward.

"Their courage to come forward and then participate in criminal proceedings against Bastion has meant he has finally faced justice.

"This is another example of how historical offences can and will be investigated today and offenders receive significant jail terms."