102-year-old man sentenced for child sexual offences - Buckinghamshire

11/09/2017

A 102-year-old man appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court today, Monday, 11 September 2017, and was given a two year prison sentence suspended for two years for sex offences dating back to the 1970s.

Douglas Hammersley, of New Malden, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, was formally sentenced today after pleading guilty at the same court on 12 July 2017, to three counts of indecent assault on a girl aged 14 or under. In addition to the suspended prison sentence, he was ordered to pay £25,000 compensation to the victim within 21 days, £3,500 costs to the Crown Prosecution Service within 21 days, and is to sign the Sex Offenders' Register.

The incidents took place in the 1970s in the Buckinghamshire area when the victim was between five and eight years old.

Hammersley was interviewed at home under caution after the victim made allegations to Thames Valley Police in October 2015 that she had been abused by him. He was then summonsed to court and the charges were put before him.

He originally pleaded not guilty to the charges but then admitted the offences at a plea and trial preparation hearing in July this year.

Jennie Laskar-Hall, a Senior Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: "We were able to prosecute Hammersley thanks to the victim coming forward, even though the offences were committed more than four decades ago.

"Hammersley was determined to put his victim through a trial by pleading not guilty. His defence team also claimed he was not fit to stand trial and provided two expert reports in support of this. We successfully challenged this evidence by providing our own expert report which determined that he was fit for trial and the Judge accepted our argument. Following the fitness to plead argument he admitted his guilt and was provisionally sentenced."