Teenager sentenced for sexual assault of Ione Wells

06/05/2015

A 17-year-old boy was sentenced today at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court to a 24 month detention and training order for the sexual assault of Ione Wells. He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years. The defendant pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault at the first hearing on 13th April 2015.

The defendant followed Ione home in the early hours of 11th April and attacked her near to her home in the Primrose Hill area. He ran off when her screams alerted nearby neighbours but was arrested shortly after by police.

Gerallt Evans, CPS London Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "Today a 17-year-old male was sentenced to a 24 month detention and training order for the sexual assault of Ione Wells. A Victim Personal Statement was read to the court.

"Ione has shown real courage throughout this case - this was a terrifying attack which no one should have to experience. I want to let victims know that we will do all we can to support them through the prosecution process. This includes the use of special measures such as giving evidence behind a screen and by giving victims the opportunity to tell the court about the impact of the crime through the use of Victim Personal Statements."

Notes:

More information about Special Measure and Victim Personal Statements can be found here:

http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/v_to_z/victim_personal_statements/

http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/s_to_u/special_measures/