February 2023

Relentless Havant paedophile who terrorised and raped girl receives lengthy jail term for sex crimes

Sex predator John Hart who raped and terrorised a girl has been jailed for child sex offences.

The 70-year-old raped, sexually abused and assaulted a girl aged 12-14 on numerous occasions. Portsmouth Crown Court heard the incidents happened in the early 2000s.

Jurors heard Hart, of Warsash Close, Havant, threatened the girl to stop her reporting the torture to the police.

Following a trial last year, the paedophile was convicted of 16 counts of various sex offences

These included:

  • Three counts of indecent assault,

  • Four of assault by penetration, four of sexual assault,

  • Two counts of rape,

  • One of attempted rape,

  • One of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity

  • One of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

Hart was jailed for 23 years and handed a sexual harm prevention order for life at Portsmouth Crown Court last Friday.