July 2017

Man ordered to serve sentence in the community

A 21-year-old man who admitted to engaging in sexual activity with a child is to serve his sentence in the community.

Karl William Plut Fletcher was made the subject of community order during a hearing at Winchester Crown Court on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a 14-year-old boy.

The court heard that Fletcher was arrested in November last year following a report from the boy who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Edward Phillips prosecuting described how the boy had visited the defendant at his address and the incident later took place in Fletcher’s bedroom.

The court further heard that Fletcher has learning difficulties and a psychiatric report confirmed that his mental age of maturity is significantly less than 21.

A report from the probation service also recommended that the 21-year-old would not deal well with a custodial sentence.

Sentencing Fletcher to a three-year community order requiring him to undertake 60 days of rehabilitation activities, Recorder James Watson, said: “There is much that needs to be said about your background. The features of your background mark this case out from the norm.”