September 2016

Paedophile jailed for sex assault on child after confessing at church


An elderly paedophile from Sydenham who sexually assaulted a young child has been jailed for three years after confessing to his crimes in church.

Mark Barnard, 76, was jailed for three years earlier this week after being convicted of two charges of sexual assault.

The pensioner was arrested in July last year after he confessed to one of the offences at his local church.

Members of the church then contacted the Metropolitan Police.

Barnard also sent a confession letter to a relative of the victim in an attempt to apologise.

Barnard, of Hall Drive, pleaded guilty to the charges at Maidstone Crown Court.