Homeless man who kidnapped and sexually assaulted eight-year-old boy jailed

|News, Sexual offences

A homeless man who kidnapped and sexually assaulted an eight-year-old boy has been jailed for 11 years.

Shane Upton, 24, was waiting in a public toilet in a park in Southwark on 17 May 2019 when an eight-year-old boy walked in. Upton held him against his will and committed sexual offences upon him, both in the cubicle and outside in the park.

A jury at Inner London Crown Court found him guilty of sexual assault of a child, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and kidnap with intent to commit a sexual offence. Today (Wednesday 8 January 2020) he was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

A passer-by saw the victim being taken to the bush and called the police. Two officers arrived and chased Upton.

Nathan Paine Davey, from the CPS, said: “This was extremely serious offending against a young boy.

“The victim bravely gave evidence at the trial via video link, meaning that he did not have to come face-to-face with his attacker again. Thanks to the courage of this eight-year-old boy, the court heard of the ordeal he went through.

“Upton will now be held accountable for his actions. Our thoughts remain with the victim and his family.”

Notes to editors

  • Shane Upton (D.O.B.: 27/05/1995) is of no fixed address.
  • Nathan Paine Davey is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit in CPS London South.

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