A Louth pensioner who admitted sexually assaulting a young girl was yesterday (Monday October 19) jailed at Lincoln Crown Court.
David Edwards made threats to the girl in a bid to persuade her not to reveal what had happened.
But Jeremy Janes, prosecuting, said the victim wrote down what had happened to her and showed it to her father.
Her family contacted police in April this year and when Edwards was arrested he made a full confession.
Edwards, 68, of Park Avenue, Louth, admitted three charges of sexual assault of a girl under the age of 13.
He was jailed for three years and ordered to pay a £900 Criminal Courts Charge. Edwards was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.
Terry Boston, defending, said Edwards suffers from a number of health problems including angina and diabetes and had previously suffered a stroke.
He urged the judge to suspend any jail sentence to allow Edwards to receive help.
Mr Boston said “He has been forced to accept the enormity of what he has done. He is terrified of going to prison.”
Judge Stuart Rafferty QC, passing sentence, rejected any plea for leniency and told Edwards “Your catalogue of woe about ill health did not prevent you from sexually abusing this child. It is all very well now to say that you’re sorry.
“She no doubt thought she would be blamed even though she is blameless. She had the courage to bring this to an end.
“People in your position must receive deterrent penalties so that the message is clear. The courts have a duty to protect vulnerable children and the courts will not shirk from that duty in any circumstances.”