November 2016

Woking paedophile jailed after attacks which caused ‘unfixable damage’ to victim

An elderly man has been locked up after he sexually abused a child across a three-year period, causing her “unfixable” damage.

Daniel Dos-Remedios, 75, of Bridge Barn Lane, Woking, committed a string of offences in the 2000s, admitting to gaining “sexual gratification” from doing so.

He pleaded guilty to three charges of the sexual assault of a female under 13 and one charge of inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity on October 21.

On Friday (November 18), Dos-Remedios was given a three-year custodial sentence at Guildford Crown Court for the offences, which the prosecution described as “specimen” charges as neither party could count the exact number of offences which had been committed.

Sentencing, Judge Robert Fraser told the defendant he had no choice but to spend a spell in prison – even with full credit for his early plea.

“It is quite clear you systematically abused her, the specimen nature of the abuses also underline that fact,” he told Dos-Remedios.

“She was only able, and this is so tragically often the case in this situations, to tell her mother (when she was much older).

“She did not know a great deal of what you were doing at that age. The damage you caused her is unfixable now.”

After credit and mitigation, Judge Fraser imposed a three-year sentence for each of the sexual assault charges, as well as a three-year sentence for the charge of inciting, all to run concurrently.

Dos-Remedios was also given a sexual harm prevention order and added to the sex offenders register and was prohibited from any unauthorised activity with under 18s.

In mitigation, defence barrister Joanna Staples told the court her client had multiple positive character references, he had a clean record before this offence and that his own offending may have stemmed from abuse he received as a child, which he confessed happened during the investigation.

She told the court: “Your honour may think that he has illustrated a great deal of remorse for his actions by the fact that as soon as he was presented with the evidence by the authorities, he not only fully accepted the contents of that evidence but went on to disclose other evidence that had not been disclosed.”

She added: “He had no need to inform the authorities, it was fully in the spirit of full and frank disclosure that he told them.

“Moreover, the fact that he told them that he gained sexual gratification, something he would have had no need to inform them of.

“It is in that vein I seek to persuade you your honour, that there may be some scope here to avoid an immediate custodial sentence.”

Alexander Willliams, prosecuting, explained in some depth the damage caused to the victim.

He said: “She described in detail four different abuses which made the four charges. But some happened on numerous occasions.

“She said she was scared and confused. He would ask her if she was scared or angry, she lied to him.

“She felt she had to keep it secret, a big one, so no one could see what she was hiding.”