Thomas McPhillips – Abergavenny/Kilwinning
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Child sex abuse victim’s life ‘destroyed’ by attacker who was jailed for four years
A child sexual abuse victim told a court how her life was “completely destroyed” by her attacker who was jailed for four years.
Thomas McPhillips assaulted the girl when she was a teenager, Newport Crown Court heard.
The 59-year-old, from Abergavenny, was sentenced after a jury last month found him guilty of abusing her between 2012 and 2013.
Prosecutor Rebecca Griffiths read out a victim impact statement from the victim who is now a woman.
She said: “He completely destroyed my life and a chance of living a comfortable and normal life.
“Giving evidence (in my trial) was frightening and traumatic but it has made me a stronger person.
“The time is right for me to seek professional help. I am glad that justice has been done.”
The court heard how McPhillips had one previous conviction for making a false representation to obtain benefits for which he received a suspended prison sentence just over a decade ago.
The judge, Recorder Caroline Rees QC, said McPhillips “doesn’t do himself any favours” following the Probation Service’s pre-sentence reports and that he continued to protest his innocence.
Mr Roberts answered: “He is sorry for what she (his victim) was put through.”
Passing sentence Recorder Rees told the defendant: “Anyone hearing the evidence couldn’t doubt the effect you had on her. She was a damaged woman.
“There is no evidence of any remorse in this case.”
After jailing him, the judge added that McPhillips is subject to a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and will have to register as a sex offender for life.
The defendant, now of Forge Vennel, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland, must also pay a victim surcharge upon release from prison.