August 2003

Pervert avoids prison after abusing young girl

A man had avoided a prison sentence he repeatedly abused a young girl

Pensioner James Thomson of Military Road, Gosport appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court where he admitted four counts of indecent assault against a child aged under 13

The court was told that Thomson abused the girl several times during a two year period during the 1980’s, beginning when the child was just nine years old

The judge sentenced Thomson to nine months imprisonment which was suspended for two years

He was also told to register as a sex offender for 10 years