July 2016

Woking man gets six years in prison for sexual assaults against “a vulnerable child”


A Woking man will spend six years behind bars for a number of sexual assaults against a girl under the age of 13.

Fifty-two year old Mark Smith of Princess Road, Maybury, was found guilty of two offences which happened in the Sheerwater area between April 2005 and April 2006.

Surrey Police say his “immoral” actions have left a young woman “battling to put her demons behind her.”

Smith was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court today (7 July).

DS Juliette Wright from West Surrey Police Safeguarding Investigation Unit she hopes the sentence reflects the severity and depravity of the offence: “He abused a vulnerable child who was totally in his enthral and now, as a result of his immoral activities, a young woman is battling to put her demons behind her.

“I hope the sentence will to some extent help her to move forward with her life and feel that justice has been served.

“She is to be commended for her bravery in helping bring Smith to justice and I am grateful that she placed her trust in Surrey Police enabling the team to investigate the allegations.

“This should serve as a warning to those who do or have sexually abused individuals, including young children that Surrey Police takes all such allegations seriously and will fully investigate whether in regard to a recent or non-recent allegation.”

Smith was also given a sexual offences prevention order for ten years and will sign the Sex Offender’s Register for life.