April 2005

Pervert jailed for assault on child

A paedophile that sexually assaulted a young child is starting a three-year prison sentence

Mark Bascunana aged 37 was found guilty at Coventry Crown Court of five offences of indecent assault and five offences of indecency with a child

He denied the offences, but was found guilty of all the charges by a jury

Prosecution said that between 2001 and 2003, Bascunana sexually abused a girl who was aged between 13 and 15 years old, by touching her sexually and committing a sex act in front of her at a house in Coventry

Bascunana was ordered not to take a job or do voluntary work that would bring him into contact with any child aged under 16

He was also told that he must not live with children aged under 16 without the approval of the local social services – a concession granted because his partner is pregnant with their child