September 2017

Weston pensioner told to expect jail after admitting sex abuse charges

A pensioner has been told to prepare himself for a lengthy jail-term after he admitted a sickening string of sexual assaults on a young girl.

Richard Budd, 74, of Longton Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, appeared in the dock at TauntonCrown Court today to admit two counts of assaulting a girl under the age of 13 years by digital penetration.

He was also alleged to have committed five further counts of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 13.

The historic offences all took place near Crewkerne in south Somerset between 2000 and 2003.

The charges all relate to a single victim.

Judge David Evans adjourned the case so a pre-sentence report could be created, but told Budd he needed to prepare himself for jail.

“The overwhelming likelihood is that you will receive an immediate prison sentence,” he said.

“You need to put your affairs in order and prepare yourself for that.”

In the meantime, Budd was ordered to sign the sex offender’s register and was released on bail.

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