Update: Wishart has now been released. In an attempt to disguise himself, he has grown a beard

March 2014

Plymouth man jailed for sexually assaulting two girls


A MAN has been jailed for more than five years for sexually assaulting two girls in their homes on the same night.

Paedophile Denis Wishart, aged 41, even indecently touched one victim as her father dozed next to her, a court heard.

Both girls were suffering from nightmares eight months later, Plymouth Crown Court was told.

Jailing him for five years and four months, Judge Paul Darlow told him: “Both girls need constant reassurance as a result of what happened to them.”

He rejected Wishart’s claim that he could not remember what had happened because of the alcohol he had drunk.

Wishart, of Marsh Close, Marsh Mills, had earlier admitted three counts of sexually assaulting two girls aged under 13 in August 2 and August 3 last year.

David Evans, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Wishart indecently touched one girl on a sofa as her friend played in the same room.

He added the friend herself became the second victim when Wishart molested her at her own home a couple of hours later.

Mr Evans said Wishart was watching a film with the girl and her father, who then dozed off next to his daughter.

Wishart then indecently assaulted that girl on the stairs.

The court heard that both girls told their parents what had happened the next day.

Mr Evans said Wishart was arrested within hours but did not confess.

He added that he only admitted what he had done when the police confronted him with forensic evidence months later.

The court heard that police also found evidence that he had accessed teenage porn on his computer and read stories of sexual violence.

Mr Evans said both children had suffered nightmares and sleepless nights. He added that the parents had also suffered guilt about what had happened.

Will Willden, for Wishart, said: “He maintains he does not remember the incidents and he puts that down to drunkenness.”

But he said that he had acknowledged his offending and the impact on the families.

Wishart will sign the Sex Offender Register for life. He will also be monitored by police indefinitely.