Man guilty of non-recent sex offences


Alan Blakemore (50), of Long Sutton has appeared at Taunton Crown Court for sentencing today Wednesday 9th August, following his admission to non-recent sexual offences.

On the first day of his trial on Monday this week Alan Blakemore entered guilty pleas to multiple charges of sexual assault of a child under the age of 13. Following this, Alan Blakemore was given a stark warning from His Honour Judge Ticehurst that it would be inevitable a custodial sentence would be handed down.

On passing sentence today, His Honour Judge Ticehurst said: "You have taken your victim's life apart with the systematic abuse which continued for a prolonged period of time. You are a serious threat."

Blakemore was sentenced to 4.5 years' imprisonment and had to sign the sex offenders register.

CPS South West, Senior Crown Prosecutor Kathryn Jones said: "Alan Blakemore repeatedly abused the victim. The sheer courage shown by the victim is testament to their determination that justice would prevail."

Alan Blakemore was also handed a restraining order preventing him from contacting his victim.

Kathryn added: "It is hoped that the sentencing today can bring some closure to the victim as they move forward following these dreadful assaults."