December 2005

Paedophile jailed for two years

A PAEDOPHILE has been sent to prison for two years and three months after admitting two counts of sexually assaulting two girls under 13 in Winsford.

Once Michael Carl Appleton comes out of prison he will be monitored for a total of 63 months.

Appleton, who moved to Flintshire from Ways Green, Winsford, appeared at Chester Crown Court last Wednesday.

He had originally appeared on October 18 when he had changed his plea and admitted the offences.

DC Louise Henson, who worked on the case, said: “This was a particularly traumatic case for the victims and I applaud the bravery they have shown throughout the investigation.

“I hope they gain a little comfort from the fact that Appleton is now behind bars and I hope they can at least begin to make a start on getting on with their lives.”

DC Henson said sexual offence cases could be complex and difficult to investigate. But she said she wanted to reassure victims that it did not mean police were not equipped to deal with them.

She added: “I hope this case sends out a clear message to victims that there is help available.

“I hope it also sends out a clear message to the minority of sexual offenders that they cannot and will not get away with these type of crimes.”