Man who admitted sexual assault avoids prison sentence

A girl who was abused by a man on three occasions has told – via a statement in court – of the dramatic impact it has had on her life.

Tuesday, 7th May 2019, 6:11 pm
Portsmouth Crown Court
Portsmouth Crown Court

Liam Guy, 38 from Furze Meadow, Nyewood, appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court on Monday after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual assault on a child under 13, and one count of inciting her to engage in sexual activity.

All three offences were committed in 2008 on a girl who to this day is scared to leave her house.

Guy stood motionless in the dock as the girl’s statement was read out by Jeffrey Lamb, prosecuting.

She said: “I am very wary of other people and find it hard to trust people.

“I get scared that I will bump into him when I go out – I’m constantly stressed and am scared to leave the house.

“I do struggle with my sleeping and have been prescribed medication – on bad days I do have nightmares and flashbacks.”

Bridget O’Hagan, mitigating, told the court that Guy made a full admission to the police when they first interviewed him in 2017 – shortly after the girl informed them of the abuse.

She also asked for the sentence to reflect the ‘unacceptable’ two-year wait from admitting the offences to appearing in court.

Sentencing, Judge David Melville QC highlighted the seriousness of the crimes committed – but decided on a suspended sentence given Guy’s remorse and immediate confession to police in 2017.

Judge Melville said: “You pleaded guilty when the police first interviewed you. Had you not pleaded guilty and made a full admission I would have taken much more severe view.”

Guy received concurrent two-year sentences for each offence, which are suspended for two years. A restraining order will be enforced and he will spend ten years on the sex offenders register. He has also been made to do 100 hours of unpaid work and pay £340 in costs.