April 2022

Jail for man that sexually abused child

A man has been jailed for sexually abusing a very young child over a number of years on the Isle of Wight.

Michael Norman Smith, aged 58, sexually assaulted the boy between 1997 and 2003, beginning when the child was under the age of 10. 

During a trial at Isle of Wight Crown Court, jurors heard how Smith, who lived at Willow Way in Sandown at the time of the offences, would often have children over to his address and would allow them to play computer games.

Smith would also take them to do activities such as swimming or going to the cinema.

In 2019, police were contacted by a man who stated that Smith had sexually abused him at the Willow Way address during this period when he was a child.

After the abuse, the boy would then be given money, sweets or other food and drink items by Smith.

Following an investigation, Smith was charged with two counts of indecent assault, and three counts of indecency with a child.

He initially denied the offences, and the case went to trial on February 7 this year.

On February 9, part way through the trial, Smith changed his plea and admitted all of the abuse.

Smith was subsequently remanded in custody to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on Friday, April 8 where he was jailed for six and a half years.