June 2017

Pervert jailed over Carlisle child sex abuse

 

A Carlisle man has been jailed for four years for sexually abusing a young girl.

Robert Ferguson’s offence came to light when concerns were raised about a picture his victim had drawn.

The 60-year-old, of Warwick Road in the city, had denied a charge of causing or inciting a child aged under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

However, after a trial before a jury at Carlisle Crown Court, he was found guilty of the crime on a majority verdict.

He carried out the offence on or before 19 June, 2015, at an address in Carlisle, the court heard.

The court was also told that when the girl was interviewed by police, it emerged she had been asked by Ferguson to keep his offending a “secret”.

Jailing Ferguson, Judge Peter Hughes told him: “This was a course of conduct where you took advantage of her young age.”

Ferguson was told he must sign the sex offenders’ register and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for an indefinite period.

May 2017

Carlisle man found guilty of sexually abusing girl

A man is facing an “inevitable” jail sentence after being found guilty of sexually abusing a young girl.

Robert Ferguson, 60, went on trial at Carlisle Crown Court earlier this week.

He had denied a charge of causing or inciting a child aged under 13 to engage in sexual activity, on a date before June 19 in 2015.

But after hearing all evidence in the case, a jury found Ferguson guilty on a majority verdict.

During the trial, jurors heard the girl said that Ferguson had asked her to keep his criminal conduct “secret”. Officers had initially been informed about his illegal activity amid concern over a picture the youngster had drawn.

Upon hearing the jury’s verdict, Judge Peter Hughes QC adjourned sentence to June 20 and remanded Ferguson, of Warwick Road, Carlisle, in custody.

Judge Hughes told him the sentence he would pass next month “must inevitably be a custodial one”.

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