August 2018

Colin Sweed, of Beech Crescent, Hythe, sentenced for abusing girls

A charity has welcomed the 18-year jail term handed down to a Hampshire man who sexually abused two young girls.

Colin Sweed, 59, of Beech Crescent, Hythe, was sentenced at Southampton Crown Court after being found guilty of 11 offences committed over a 17-year period.

The girls were aged between three and 14 years old when they were abused at various locations in Southampton and the New Forest.

Sweed’s crimes included rape, indecent assault of a female under 16 years old, gross indecency with a child under 14 years old and gross indecency with a child under 16 years old.