Man jailed for child sex offences - Banbury

10/11/2015

A man appeared at Oxford Crown Court yesterday, Monday, 09 November 2015, and was jailed for seven years for child sexual offences in Banbury.

Neville Feasey, aged 76, of Yule Court, Banbury, was sentenced after being found unanimously guilty of twelve counts of indecent assault at Oxford Crown Court on 15 September 2015, following a five day trial.  He was found not guilty of six counts of rape.

In addition to the custodial sentence, he was also issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) for an indefinite period.

The offences, which relate to one girl, were committed between 1966 and 1979 in Banbury.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved sexual activity between a man, who is now 76-years-old, and a young girl, which occurred between 1966 and 1979 in Banbury.

"Neville Feasey abused his position of trust and took advantage of his circumstances to sexually abuse the girl for his own sexual gratification.  It is only due to the great courage of the victim that the despicable behaviour of this man has been exposed.  After living with the memories of her sexual abuse for almost 50 years I would like to pay tribute to her for her strength and tenacity in coming forward.

"Feasey denied any sexual wrongdoing or inappropriate conduct, but on 15 September 2015, at Oxford Crown Court, he was found guilty, by a jury, of 12 counts of indecent assault, after a five day trial, despite his denials.

"The conviction and sentence serve as an important message to people who have been the victim of crimes such as these, or those that 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 Thames Valley Police in this case, to ensure that robust criminal cases are put before the courts.

"The emotional impact, on the victim, of the abhorrent actions of this man is impossible to quantify.  I hope that the conviction and sentence give some small comfort to her.  Our thoughts are very much with her at this time."

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Rebecca McLeod of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit based at Banbury police station, said: "I am pleased with the sentence handed down to Feasey, who will now face a substantial amount of time in jail for his offences.

"The victim has shown considerable bravery in coming forward and I now hope that she feels that some sort of justice has been served with Feasey's conviction and sentence.

"I would like to thank the victim, the witnesses, all staff and officers at Thames Valley Police involved in the case, and the Crown Prosecution Service for securing these convictions.

"We hope that this case will encourage other victims to have the confidence to come forward and report offences, no matter how old. You can contact Thames Valley Police by calling 101, or if you prefer by visiting your nearest police station.

"If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org."