November 2017

Deal pervert who hung around outside the school gates waiting for his next victim

A pervert from Deal who hung around outside the school gates waiting for his next victim has been jailed.

Phillip Henry, 30, denied putting his hand under the skirts of two schoolgirls from Folkestone and Dover but was found guilty at an earlier trial.

Henry, of Sandown Road, was convicted of sexually assaulting one 14-year-old girl and one 15-year-old girl, both of whom were wearing their uniforms, in separate incidents.

Margate Magistrates Court yesterday (November 16) heard Henry has a previous caution for possession indecent images of children.

On February 24, a 15-year-old girl had just left her school in Frith Road, Dover and was using her mobile phone while walking with a friend to the bus.

She noticed a male walking towards them and as he passed, she noticed a hand on her thigh feeling under her skirt.

She told her friend and initially did not want to report what happened but was concerned the same man would return to the same location.

She told her parents, who in turn told the school, and the police were notified on February 28

Just two weeks later, on March 10, Henry struck again.

A 14-year-old girl had left her school in Sandgate Road, Folkestone and went into Debenhams in Sandgate Road with a group of friends.

While inside Henry walked towards her and placed his hand on her leg underneath her skirt.

Julie Farbrace, prosecuting, said: “She described the touch to her leg under her skirt and she was shocked.

“She immediately told her friends ‘that man just touched me’.”

That night the girl received a message from another girl who said the same thing had happened to her.

On March 17, the police sent out a press release stating they were looking for Henry and he turned himself in to the police station the following day.

Both girls identified Henry as the man who had touched them.

Miss Farbrace said: “I am sure as you have heard, it was very shocking for both of them, to be touched like this by a male much older than them.”

Sentencing was originally set to go ahead on October 12 but was put back in order for a report to compiled by probation officers.

Christine Lovell of the Probation Service said: “In light of the previous caution, he needs to be assessed more fully.

“While he was denying the offences, I did not think he would be eligible for a programme.”

Henry was handed a 40 week custodial sentence, 20 weeks of which will be spent in prison and 20 weeks in which he will be on licence.

He was also ordered to pay £300 compensation to each of the girls and will be subject to notification requirements for 10 years.

In sentencing, chairman of the bench Fiona Jones cited Henry’s previous caution for indecent images of children.

October 2017

Deal man put his hand up the skirt of two schoolgirls

A man from Deal put his hand up the skirt of two underage schoolgirls in separate incidents in Dover and Folkestone earlier this year, a court heard.

Phillip Henry, of Sandown Road, who has previously been cautioned for possessing indecent images of children, denied any sexual motivation but was found guilty of sexual assault at trial on September 27.

The court heard how his first victim – a 15-year-old girl – left her school in Frith Road, Dover dressed in uniform on February 24, 2017.

She noticed Henry walking towards her before he put his hand on her thigh and ran it up her leg under her skirt.

Just weeks later on March 10, 2017, Henry targeted a 14-year-old girl in Folkestone who had left her school in Sandgate Road before heading into the town centre.

The teenager was in Debenhams with two friends when she noticed Henry walking towards her – he then touched her leg under her skirt in an incident described as ‘identical’ to the previous one.

Following an investigation by Kent Police, Henry was arrested on April 7 and identified by the two victims.

He was due to be sentenced on Thursday (October 12), but the verdict was put off by District Judge Justin Barron who was ‘not happy’ to deal with the case until a specialist report had been provided by probation officers.

Judge Barron told Henry: “These are concerning sexual offences and I need a proper assessment of whether you present a risk to other people. You have been found guilty of targeting school girls.

“I don’t want to put the case off but I am not prepared to sentence today.”

Henry was released on unconditional bail and will now be sentenced at Margate Magistrates’ Court on November 16.

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