September 2017

Ashby sex offender, 83, given community order for sexual abuse offence

A serial sex offender from Ashby has been given a community order by a court after admitting sexual abuse.

Using a mobility aid to get into court, 83-year-old George Freeman, who has a previous conviction for rape, was in court to be sentenced after his case was delayed when he fell ill in the dock at a previous hearing on August 24.

An ambulance had had to be called when he fell ill and he was taken to hospital.

On Monday, September 11, he returned to court where Judge Sarah Buckingham QC imposed a 12-month community order. He must also observe a curfew for three months between 8pm and 7am.

Freeman, of Morton Walk, Ashby, had pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a girl when she was aged 11 to 12 years in Alfreton, Derbyshire, more than a decade ago.

The judge told him at Nottingham Crown Court: “You are without doubt a confirmed paedophile, and I suspect your age and infirmity prevent you from any further offending”.

Freeman has convictions for raping a girl under 16 and indecent assault of a girl aged under 14 years, the court heard. He must also sign the sex offenders’ register and is the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.

John Hallissey, mitigating, said this offence pre-dated two prison sentences he had served. He said his client was now living at his fourth address since leaving prison.

He has moved house on a number of occasions because those living around him discovered what he was in prison for and he suffered threats, said Mr Hallissey. Police have installed alarms on his windows at his current address.

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