Man jailed for child sexual offences - Tottenhoe

07/04/2016

A man from Tottenhoe near Dunstable, was jailed for 8 years today, Thursday, 07 April 2016, for sexually abusing a young girl.

Luton Crown Court was told that Raymond Lilley, aged 72, indecently touched the young daughter of a friend over a number of years while he was looking after her. The offences began when the girl was aged around three in the 1990s and ended in 2001 when the girl was six and told her mum that something had happened involving Lilley. After that, the mother made sure that she and her family had no contact with him. But in 2014, the police were told, after the victim and her mother saw Lilley in a pub with a young child.

Lilley, of Brownlow Rise, Totternhoe, Dunstable, pleaded not guilty to two charges of indecent assault, but was convicted by the jury at Luton Crown Court.

Terence Woods, defending, said Lilley, who still denies the offences, is supported by his wife and family. He said he was of previous good character and was on daily medication for high blood pressure.

Jailing him, Judge Michael Kay QC said: "These are horrific crimes. You maintain your denials and have shown no remorse and no victim empathy."

In addition to the custodial sentence, Lilley must register as a sex offender for life.

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