January 2018

Wargrave man jailed for 13 years

A 61-year-old man from Wargrave has been sentenced to 13 years for multiple counts of sexual abuse against a child who was aged under 13

Shard Kennedy was found guilty and sentenced At Reading Crown Court for three counts of sexual assault of a child aged under 13 and one count of assault by penetration on a child aged under 13

The offences took place between 2009 and 2012 and came to light after the victim confronted Kennedy several years later and secretly recorded him on her phone.

In a recording played in court, the victim asks Kennedy about when “you used to do stuff to me”, to which he apologises and says he is “disgusted” with himself.

The court also heard recordings of the victim’s interviews with police in 2016.

Kennedy will be placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.