January 2023

Man sentenced after sex assault on girl after Swindon church visit

A man has been jailed after being found guilty of molesting a young girl after visiting a Swindon church with her.

Maxwel da Silva Miranda was found guilty in August of repeatedly groping the pre-teen girl’s breasts and private parts, including on one occasion after they had been to church together in Swindon.

The victim was said to have been left wanting to take her own life as a result of Miranda’s sick behaviour.

Summarising the impact on the victim, Gabrielle McAvock told Oxford Crown Court on Friday afternoon: “The defendant’s offending caused the victim to become suicidal, to self-harm, she tried to jump from the third floor of the flat where she lived. She suffered from flashbacks, had difficulty sleeping and [it] had an adverse effect on her school life.”