October 2017

Man admits attempted abduction of teenage girl at Gloucester Station

A ‘very concerning’ 24-year-old Cam man has pleaded guilty at Gloucester Crown Court to attempting to abduct a teenage girl earlier this year.

Judge Michael Cullum described Sam Hewings, of Hadley Road, Cam, as a “concerning defendant” who was in a very serious position

Hewings was remanded in custody until his sentence date of November 21, 2017, as the Judge adjourned the case for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

The judge was told by Hewings’ defence lawyer, Brendan Moorhouse, that it was likely that the defence would be seeking a psychologist’s report to also be prepared about him during the adjournment.

Mr Moorhouse said that along with the attempted child abduction, Hewings also fell to be sentenced for offences of possessing indecent images of children.

The judge said: “I order a pre-sentence report, and recognise that a psychological report will be prepared.

“He is obviously in a very serious position and presents as a very concerning defendant” he said before turning to address Hewings via the video link to Bristol prison, where he is held on remand.

“I hope you have been able to follow what has been said. Both sets of charges will be dealt with on 21st November, and you will be produced at court.

“The sentencing judge will better be able to understand your overall position [with reports] so it is important that you co-operate.

“You will be remanded in custody in the meantime. By pleading guilty ahead of the trial, you will get a discount in your sentence,” he concluded.

Hewings will be sentenced for all matters on November 21 this year, and was further remanded in custody.