April 2017

Man jailed for ‘systematic’ abuse of girl

A paedophile has been jailed for 24 years for the systematic abuse of a vulnerable schoolgirl.

Richard Koch, 41, a handyman, of Canberra Place, Horsham, was sentenced when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Friday.

He had previously been found guilty of 23 offences, including rape, sexual assault, assault, and incitement to engage in sexual activity.

He admitted three offences of possession of indecent images of children, none of which were of the victim.

He was found not guilty of one sexual assault on her.

When he is eventually released, the further five years will be spent on licence.

Koch will also be a registered sex offender for life.

He was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last indefinitely, severely restricting any access to young girls.

The victim was subjected to an eight-year series of sexual offences and physical abuse from the age of 13.

This included Koch hitting her with paddles, tying her up and half-strangling her at addresses in Horsham.

In sentencing Koch on Friday, Judge Paul Tain said: “This is the worst case of single sex abuse I have ever had to sit through.”

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