West Dorset: Pevert pensioner faces lengthy jail stretch

A PENSIONER who indecently assaulted three young girls over a period of nine years is facing a ‘substantial’ prison sentence.

George Jones, 75, formerly of South Annings, Burton Bradstock, appeared in custody before Bournemouth Crown Court.

He pleaded guilty to three charges of indecent assault against children under the age of 14 and one charge of indecent assault against a girl under the age of 13 – which related to a six-year-old child.

Adam Hiddleston, prosecuting, emphasised that these were ‘by no means one-off, isolated offences’ and asked for a further eight counts to remain on Jones’s file.

He said the first indecent assault happened between July 8, 2000, and July 10, 2002, two other offences between April 19, 2002, and April 20, 2004, involved a different child and the last assault was against a six-year-old girl between June 23, 2009, and August 27, 2009.

The court was told that the last offence involved the ‘inappropriate application of Sudocrem’ to the young girl in order to ‘give him the opportunity’ to indecently assault her and the allegation was reported to the authorities by the child’s mother.

Mr Hiddleston said: “The allegations in relationship to the six-year-old girl are of some considerable weight and this seriousness hasn’t been overlooked by the prosecution one bit.”

He added that Jones had been ‘abusing three young girls over a significant period of time’.

Robert Grey, mitigating, said Jones was 75 years old, of previous good character, and ‘not in good health’.

The court was told that Jones had been remanded in custody at Dorchester prison since his arrest in late August last year.

Mr Grey added that the pensioner had ‘spontaneously told him’ that he had changed his plea to guilty because ‘he did not want young children to have to give evidence in court’.

Judge Christopher Harvey Clark adjourned sentencing and directed the probation service to carry out a pre-sentence report.

Jones was warned that he faced a ‘custodial sentence of some length’.

Judge Harvey Clark told him: “These are serious offences, you understand that you must expect from this court a substantial prison sentence.

“All I can say is, I shall, when imposing sentence give due regard to your age and your health.”

He added: “Give your probation officer assistance, I want to understand how you came to commit these offences against young children.

“I appreciate you being as frank and open with your probation officer as you can be.

“You’ve admitted these matters and that’s a good start.”

Jones was remanded in custody and ordered to attend Dorchester Crown Court on July 23 for sentencing.