March 2012

Plymouth man jailed for sex attacks on young girls

A man aged 48 has been jailed for 17 years for “cruel” and “brutal” sex crimes against young girls.

Mark Williams, of Anstis Street, Plymouth, was jailed after a jury convicted him of five counts of rape of an underage girl, and four counts of indecent assault on her and another underage girl. He was also found guilty of one count of indecency with a child under 12, a third victim.

At Newport Crown Court, Judge David Morris said Williams’ offending was of a grave and persistent nature. These were two separate campaigns of assault although they overlapped in time.

Judge Morris said the indecent assault on the one girl led to the first offence of rape which was repeated on numerous occasions. He said he threatened her with violence.

The three counts of indecent assault on the other girl was once again a repeated campaign of sexual assault to satisfy his sexual lust. The girl said Williams had deprived her of her childhood.

Judge Morris said that Williams had shown no remorse at all and was therefore not entitled to any credit.

He said Williams would have to serve two-thirds of his sentence before being allowed out on licence.

He would also have to resister as a sex offender and would be forbidden from working with vulnerable people or children.

Stephen Jeary, for Williams, said his client had been deeply affected at a young age by a tragedy.