February 2019

Barwell man who subjected child to decade of ‘horrendous’ abuse jailed

A man from Barwell has been convicted of a range of sexual offences including rape of a child under 13.

Michael Armstrong, of Maryland Close, was convicted of 13 offences including engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child under 16 and indecent assault.

Detective Sergeant Craig Boswell, who was the officer investigating the case, said: “The victim endured around 10 years of abuse at the hands of Armstrong and lived with the knowledge of what had happened to her for much longer before he admitted his guilt. 

“I am pleased the defendant finally confessed to committing these horrendous acts and spared the victim the trauma of having to go through a trial. 

“I hope now he is serving a lengthy prison sentence she can finally have closure on what has been a painful nine months of investigation and a lifetime of living with what he did to her.”

Armstrong, 58, was sentenced to 13 years in prison at Leicester Crown Court.