July 2017

Hastings man jailed for child sex offences

A Hastings man has been jailed for 16 years for sexual offences against two young girls

Terrence Wilmer, 57, unemployed, of Emmanuel Rd, Hastings, was sentenced when he appeared in custody at Lewes Crown Court on Friday (June 28).

He was convicted on February 22 of seven counts of sexual offences against two young girls.

Wilmer was originally reported to the police by the girl he raped when she was aged between four and seven in 2004, but the Crown Prosecution Service ruled there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him.

The offences took place in Robertsbridge, where Wilmer was living at one stage, and subsequently at his Hastings address, police say.

Five of the offences – four indecent assaults and one count of rape – were committed against a girl under the age of 10 in the 1990s.

For the rape Wilmer was given 16 years plus a further five years on extended licence.

He received eight years for each of the sexual assault offences, to run concurrently with each other and with the rape sentence.

Police say Wilmer was also convicted of two further sexual assaults against a second girl – who was aged under 12 – which took place ten years after the first offences.

He was sentenced to eight years on each count, to run concurrently with each other, and also to run concurrently with the sentence for rape against the first girl.

He was found not guilty of one count of sexual assault against the second girl.

Wilmer will be a registered sexual offender for life and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last until further court notice, severely restricting his access to children.