September 2016

Former St Eval Parish Council chairman is spared jail for two sexual assaults

A former parish council chairman has avoided being sent to jail despite sexually assaulting two females, one of whom was just 16 years old, which he claimed was only “flirtation”

Ian Littlefield, 46, previously the chairman of St Eval Parish Council, today appeared at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced for the crimes.

He had been found guilty of both counts following a trial earlier this summer.

The court heard how Littlefield assaulted the first female in her early forties in August 2014 by trapping her in a barn, pulling her legs apart and rubbing up against her.

Recorder Martin Meeke, QC, told how the victim feared she was going to be raped and the offence had had a profound effect on her.

The second offence took place on March 3, 2015, also in the Wadebridge area, although Littlefield now resides at Rialton Heights, Newquay.

“When the victim was 15 her mother warned you to back off because of your inappropriate conduct,” said Mr Meeke.

“Then months later you asked her for a cuddle at the stables, fondled her outside of her clothes before taking her breast out and kissing it.

“You are a bully with no regard for the proper behavior a man should show towards a woman and the 16-year-old girl has been left fearful of being in the company of an older male.”

Littlefield, who owns the business Perfect Porkers, had always denied the crimes and said that his behavior was nothing more than “flirtatious”.

The court was also told how Littlefield’s marriage was on the rocks as a result of the court proceedings.

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison suspended for two years and told to do 200 hours of unpaid work and sign the sex offenders register for the next 10 years.

Littlefield will also pay his victims £1,000 each.