April 1993

Man jailed for abusing young girl

Offences of indecency committed over a 16-year period has led to a man being jailed for four years.

Philip Preston Hicks, 32, unemployed of Chacewater pleaded guilty to six offences of of indecent assault and gross indecency against children aged under 13-years-old

He also admitted assaulting a social worker causing him actual bodily harm

The judge sentenced Hicks to four years for the indecency offences and six months, concurrently for the assault.

He told Hicks that he had systematically abused his young victims. In two cases, the abuse had resulted in tangible psychological harm

The children involved were both aged under 10-years-old

Hicks was in tears as left the dock to go to the cells