Plymouth man jailed for abuse of boy
A Plymouth man in his 60s has been jailed for sexual assaults on a boy in the mid-1970s.
Vincent Smith, of Dumfries Avenue, Honicknowle appeared at Plymouth Crown Court earlier this week in relation to seven charges including attempted buggery and indecent assault.
The offences took place in Plymouth when Smith was 16 through to when he was over 18, between June 1975 and September 1979.
Mr Recorder Richard Stead noted that the charges, more than 40 years ago, included two counts of indecency with a child, four counts of indecent assault on a male, and one of attempted buggery. All the offences related to the same victim – who cannot be named for legal reasons.
The 63-year-old was told by Mr Recorder Stead that the sentencing had to take into account the legislation at that time and recognise that he crossed the threshold between being a child in the eyes of law when he committed some of the offences, and an adult in others.
He also noted that Smith had threatened his victim not to report the abuse.
Mr Recorder Stead recognised the mitigation provided by Smith’s advocate, that for the last 15 years he had been looking after his disabled wife and she was dependant upon him.
He also noted that Smith had no other convictions for sexual offences, although he did have convictions for driving offences, violence, burglary and dishonesty up until 1999 he remained out of trouble until an incident of theft in 2016.
Taking into account the aggravating and mitigating factors, as well as the sentencing in relation to the legislation at that time, he passed a total sentence of five years.
He said that Smith would be subject to a one year extended licence and would serve two thirds of his sentence before being considered for parole.
Mr Recorder Stead said Smith would be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life and would be barred from working with children.
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