Pensioner jailed for sex assault on young girl dating back 53 years

A 72-year-old man has been jailed for two years after being found guilty of indecently assaulting a girl in a lane more than 50 years ago.

Harry Wilkinson, of Cavendish Road, Bolsover was convicted of assaulting an eight-year-old girl in 1963.

He had taken the victim for a ride in his car before parking up in a layby and carrying out the assault in Scarcliffe.

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The offence was reported last year and an investigation was launched.

Wilkinson, was arrested and charged, and denied the offence during a trial at Derby Crown Court.

But he was found guilty by a jury and was sentenced to two years in prison on August 5 – 52 years after the offence.

He must also sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

DC Julian Hall, who led the investigation, said: “This case just shows that even with the passage of many years, we will do all we can to investigate these types of offences.

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“The victim in this case was extremely brave in coming forward and reliving what happened to her decades ago during the trial.

“Now that her abuser has been jailed, I hope that it will provide some closure for her.”

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