Terrance Williams sentenced to sixteen years for systematic sexual abuse of girl

20/02/2014

Terrance Williams, 68, From Helston, Cornwall, has today at Truro Crown Court been sentenced to serve 16 years imprisonment for the systematic rape and sexual abuse of a young girl.

The sentence today follows on from a three day trial, following which a jury reached a guilty verdict on all five counts of indecent assault and all seven counts of rape.

The victim, now a woman in her 30s, who cannot be named for legal reasons, came forward to reveal a catalogue of abuse spanning seven or eight years. The abuse took began in the late 1980s when she was about seven years old and continued into the mid 1990s.

Rachael Scott, head of the CPS South West RASSO (Rape and Serious Sexual Offence) unit said: "Terrance Williams was put in a position of trust and that trust was cruelly abused. He subjected the victim to regular and sustained sexual abuse and multiple rapes between the ages of seven and 15, robbing her of her childhood.

"I commend the victim's bravery in coming forward to reveal this horrific experience and hope the sentence passed today brings her at least a degree of closure. Here in the South West, the CPS has a specialist team of prosecutors who work closely with police to bring perpetrators of some of the worst and most life-changing crimes to justice.

"I hope this case and the knowledge that there is a dedicated team focusing on this type of case will give other victims the confidence to come forward. No matter how long ago the crimes took place, the CPS will always seek to prosecute where there is sufficient evidence and it is the public interest to do so."

Williams will also be subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act for an indefinite period.