November 2016

Woman sobbed when jury convicted her of assaulting young girls


A 22-year-old Stroud woman has been convicted of sexually assaulting two young girls

Shelly McNally of Matthews Way, Paganhill, Stroud, was found guilty of ten charges of molesting the girls when they were under 10.

The girls were 7 & 8 years old and the abuse took place when McNally was aged 16 years old.

McNally sobbed as the guilty verdicts were delivered by the foreman of a jury of eight men and four women at Gloucester Crown Court at the end of a four-day trial.

Judge Michael Cullum bailed her for a pre-sentence report. He said he would pass sentence on her on December 16 at Bristol Crown Court.

Ordering the probation service pre-sentence report, he said: “I want to know more about the various options open to me. Of course, they include custody but I want to know about any supervision that might be available and appropriate for someone of Shelly’s needs and circumstances, bearing in mind the serious offences she has been convicted of.”

The judge explained to her “You’re going to have to see someone from the probation service. I cannot say what will happen to you. All options are open to me. It is really important you don’t get into any trouble.”

McNally had denied all the charges but did not give evidence in her own defence.

The prosecution said the offences occurred when McNally was playing games with the girls.

Prosecutor Kerry Barker said the offences against the first girl began when one day McNally told her she wanted to play a new game called “under the bridge.”