October 2007

Man who assaulted girls is jailed

A 55-year-old Derby man who indecently assaulted two young girls has been sentenced to six years in prison

Stephen Hardy, of Deepdale Lane, Sinfin, was found guilty of 10 charges of indecent assault at Derby Crown Court on 4 October.

The court heard evidence from an eight-year-old girl about how Hardy assaulted her on several occasions.

Hardy was banned from ever working with children and was also put on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

During the trial, Hardy told the court he had no interest in children and denied the incidents had happened.

But the court heard how Hardy, a salesman, was convicted of two counts of indecent exposure in the 1970s and 1980s and was warned to stay away from the girls on several occasions after they complained about his behaviour.

In passing his sentence on Tuesday, Judge David Price said the evidence showed it would “take a lot to stop him from committing these offences”.

During the course of the trial, an eight-year-old girl told the court how she was indecently assaulted on a number of occasions by Hardy and made to watch pornography on his computer.

He was convicted of nine sex offences against her which happened between November 2006 and February 2007.

A 22-year-old woman told the jury Hardy indecently assaulted her when she was aged between six and eight.

She reported it to police 14 years later.