Teenage boy sentenced to five years for the kidnap and sexual assault of five-year-old girl

01/07/2013

A16-year old boy has today been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment at Winchester Crown Court for the kidnapping and sexual assault of a five year old little girl. At the term of his custodial sentence he will be on extended licence for four years and on the sexual offender register for life.

Tracy Harris, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wessex Rape and Serious Sexual Assault (RASSO) Unit: "The defendant was only a few weeks away from celebrating his sixteenth birthday when he decided to kidnap and sexually attack a five-year-old little girl. The young girl had been out playing with her friends on her bike and her mother had become anxious as to her whereabouts and went out to look for her. When the girl returned home in tears she told her mother that a man had grabbed her, put her on his bike and ridden off with her. She described to her mother how he had taken her to a place where he had pulled down her trousers and sexually attacked her.

A forensic examination was done of the childs underwear and a saliva stain belonging to an individual was found. The DNA matched that of a boy who was 15 years old at the time, who was then arrested and charged with kidnapping and sexual assault. During the investigation he replied no comment to police questioning and it was not until shortly before his trial that he claimed that his saliva had been found there for innocuous reasons. The jury at Salisbury Crown Court clearly rejected this argument and found him guilty in May of the kidnapping and sexual assault of the five-year old girl. Today he has been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of five years. At the term of his custodial sentence he will be on extended licence for four years and on the sexual offender register for life. We hope that with this conviction the little girl and her family will now be able to move on with their lives. Our thoughts are with them at this time."