May 2023

Man who sexually assaulted child is jailed at crown court

A man who sexually assaulted a girl has been jailed after his victim bravely contacted police to inform them of her ordeal.

Karl Curry carried out the offence in June 2020, when he was alone with the child.

The victim told Curry to stop as he began the assault, but when he didn’t she bit him in self-defence and managed to get away.

The victim then bravely told family and friends of her ordeal and they contacted Northumbria Police, whose officers immediately launched an investigation.

Curry was arrested but in interview denied sexually assaulting the victim.

He was subsequently charged with one count of sexual assault and two counts of voyeurism against the victim, which he initially denied, but pleaded guilty to all offences two weeks ahead of his trial, which was listed at Newcastle Crown Court in March.

He was then remanded in custody.

At the same court on Friday, May 5, Curry, 34, of Hipsburn Crescent, Alnwick, was sentenced to a total of a total four years and three months in prison.

He was also made subject to a restraining order preventing him from contacting the victim and handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

He will also remain on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.