July 2017

Chelmsford man jailed for six years for indecent assaults on boy in St Osyth

An elderly man has been jailed for six years after being found guilty of indecent assault on a boy.

Alan Norman, 78, from Chelmsford, was found guilty of four counts of indecent assault on a boy between June 2000 and March 2003.

He was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday, July 27.

Norman was working at an amusement park in St Osyth at the time when he groomed his victim by allowing him to play games on the machines and a pool table for free.

The court was told Norman touched the boys genitalia over clothing approximately 30 to 40 times over the period of less than three years.

After hearing statements from prosecutor Raj Joshi and the defendant’s counsel, Judge John Seeley addressed Mr Norman for sentencing but asked him to remain seated due to his ill health.

Judge Seeley said: “You groomed your victim, then seven or eight years old, by allowing free games on the machines and the pool table.

“He was a somewhat lonely and vulnerable boy.

“You claimed you did not know him or his family. You lied in your interview, you replayed that lie, there is no remorse.

“It is clear your offences had a devastating effect on your victim. Your position is significant, aggravated by the fact you have previous convictions.

“You do pose a significant risk of serious harm to the public, significantly children.”

Norman was sentenced to one year in prison for two counts of indecent assault and six years for another, to run concurrently with his sentence of six years in prison for count three.

He will be jailed for a total of six years.