April 2013

41-yr-old jailed for assault on teen

A MAN convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage girl at a North Wales caravan holiday camp was jailed for three years yesterday.

Robert William Hawkins, who had been cleared of the more serious charge of attempted rape, must also register with the police as a sex offender for life.

Passing sentence, Judge Christopher Morton told Hawkins, who lives near Cannock in Staffordshire, that it was a very serious offence.

During Hawkins’ trial the jury were told how he fondled the girl and tried to press himself against her while on holiday at the Greenacres caravan site in Porthmadog.

He put his hand up her skirt and pushed her underwear to one side, the trial was told.

At no stage had she agreed to his advances, the prosecution said.

Hawkins had denied attempted rape during the three-day trial and claimed they had indulged in some consensual sexual activity.

Later asked by police why a teenager would have consented to that with a 41-year-old man, Hawkins, now 42, told officers: “Perhaps I am good looking, irresistible, I don’t know, it just happened.”

Hawkins was said by defending barrister Kim Halsall to be a man of good character, who appreciated that it was a serious matter.

He was anxious to return to his family who were standing by him.