Man jailed for sexually abusing 7-year-old girl - Dunstable

06/09/2016

A Dunstable man, who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl, was jailed today, Tuesday, 06 September 2016, for 2 years 3 months.

Stephen Findlay, aged 53, denied he carried out the offence, but admitted the charge because he said children are always believed, Luton Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Neil King said the sex assault was carried out on the 7-year-old some time between 2006 and 2008. Mr King said the offence came to light when the police spoke to the victim, who is now aged 16, about another matter.

On 27 July this year Findlay was arrested and was verbally aggressive, threatening to kill the victim. When he was interviewed by the police, he was asked if he had meant it when he said would kill her. He said: "Yes I do."

Findlay, of Beecroft Way, Dunstable, appeared for sentence having earlier pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a girl under 13 and making two threats to kill her.

The court heard that in 1990 Findlay had been given a 9-month suspended jail sentence for three indecency offences of engaging in sexual activity in front of children.

Mark Sahu, defending, said the case deeply troubled him. He said Findlay denied touching the girl, but had pleaded guilty because children are always believed. Referring to the threats to kill, he said: "People say all sorts of things when they are arrested."

Jailing him, Judge Stuart Bridge said: "Despite your plea of guilty, you maintain you were not guilty of this offence. You have been legally represented and have had ample opportunity to vacate your plea."

The Judge made a Sexual Harm Prevention Order banning Findlay from staying in the same house as a child under 16 or having contact with a child under 16 unless it is agreed by his supervising officer. He also made a Restraining Order banning him from contacting the victim indefinitely. In addition to the custodial sentence, Findlay must register as a sex offender for 10 years.

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