December 2018

Man jailed for six years for sex abuse on girl

A pervert who repeatedly sexually assaulted a young girl and manipulated her into performing sex acts with him by offering her cash and cigarettes was jailed for six years on Thursday.

Appearing in the Royal Court, Joao Carlos Gouveia Ferreira (24) was placed on the Sex Offender Register for ten years after pleading guilty to a number of sexual offences.

He also received a nine-year restraining order banning him from contact with any girls under the age of 16.

The court heard that Ferreira carried out a series of sexual abuse offences against one girl over an eight-month period.

He was arrested in May after she came forward to her school counsellor following a lesson about safe relationships and sexual consent.

Opening the case yesterday, Crown Advocate Conrad Yates said that Ferreira had turned the victim into ‘a subject for his own sexual gratification’.

He added: ‘He stripped the victim of her childhood and her innocence in an appalling way.’

The advocate added that the defendant should be imprisoned for his offences and asked for him to be jailed for six years.

Evidence presented to the court included a text message in which the defendant offered the victim money to perform a sex act with him.

‘The victim also said during police interview that Ferreira would offer her cash and cigarettes in return for submitting to sexual activity.

Deputy Bailiff Tim Le Cocq, presiding, described Ferreira as a sexual predator and told him that he had ‘stolen the victim’s childhood’.

He added: ‘You have shown little remorse or sympathy for the victim and have tried to blame her. We have read about the profound effect your predatory behaviour had on her. You used her for your own sexual gratification.’

The Superior Number, which convenes for Jersey’s most serious cases, followed the Crown’s recommendations and jailed Ferreira for six years. They declined to recommend the deportation of the defendant back to Portugal because he has grown up in the Island and his close family live in Jersey.

Ferreira pleaded guilty to three charges of indecent assault, unlawful sexual intercourse, two counts of procuring an act of gross indecency and attempting to procure an act of gross indecency.

December 2015

Pervert jailed for numerous sex assaults against young girl


A man who committed a string of sex offences against a young girl has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Joao Ferreira, 24, carried out a number of sexual assaults on the girl over a lengthy period of time, States of Jersey Police said.

He pleaded guilty to seven counts, including one of rape and three of indecent assault at Jersey’s Royal Court.

Ferreira was placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of procuring an act of gross indecency and one count of attempting to procure an act of gross indecency.

A nine-year restraining order has been applied to Ferreira, banning him from being alone with girls under the age of 16.