November 2016

Bristol man facing ‘very substantial’ jail sentence for sexual abuse of 12-year-old girl

A Stockwood man will find out next year how long he will spend in prison for sexual abuse which left a young girl “traumatised”.

Ben D’Mellow has already been told that he faces a “very substantial” prison term, after admitting a total of nine sex offences involving the girl, as well possessing extreme images of child sex abuse involving youngsters as young as eight years old.

The 29-year-old, of Fontmell Court, had been due to be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court today, having admitted a total of 17 charges at an earlier hearing.

But a judge has deferred sentence on him until early next year.

D’Mellow appeared via a video link from prison.

He has admitted three counts of sexually assaulting a girl aged 12 by touching her private parts with his tongue and penis, and six counts of sexual activity with a child by the same actions.

D’Mellow also admitted six counts of making indecent images of a child, one count of distributing indecent images of a child and one count of possessing extreme pornography, involving images of youngsters aged eight to 15 engaged in sexual acts with animals.

Ian Fenny, prosecuting, told the earlier hearing: “This criminality went undiscovered.

“It was only as a consequence of an investigation into highly pornographic material that it was uncovered. In her available best evidence interview her disclosures are fairly general.

“She was so traumatised by her past that she has effectively driven the memory of awful events very much to the back of her mind.

“This is a very damaged complainant. She was abused before and that is something he would be aware of.”

D’Mellow was due to be sentenced today but Judge Judge Michael Cullum deferred sentence until February next year.

D’Mellow is remanded in custody.