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Weston pensioner jailed for child sexual abuse

PUBLISHED: 06:54 12 October 2017

Richard Budd was jailed for six years by Judge David Ticehurst.

Richard Budd was jailed for six years by Judge David Ticehurst.

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A Weston pensioner has been jailed for sexually abusing a ‘defenceless’ girl over a four-year period.

Richard Budd was sentenced to six years in prison on Monday with his apology at the hearing for his appalling crimes slated for being delivered ‘far too late’.

The 75-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault on a girl aged under 13 and five further charges of indecent assault.

The charges relate to crimes committed between 2000 and 2003 and his victim – who cannot be named to protect her anonymity – has been praised for speaking out and ensuring her abuser is put behind bars.

Budd, of Longton Grove Road, apologised for his actions during this week’s sentencing hearing.

However, his comments in the dock fall along way short of rectifying his abuse, according to the NSPCC.

Its spokesman said: “Budd’s appalling crimes robbed his defenceless victim of her childhood and have had a lasting impact well into her adult years.

“His apology comes far too late.

“With these attacks taking place several decades ago, Budd may have thought he had got away with them but, thanks to the bravery his victim has shown in coming forward, justice has finally been served.

“We need to ensure victims feel confident to speak out about abuse – no matter how much time has passed – safe in the knowledge that they will be believed and their voices heard.”

Budd was handed a six-year jail term with a one-year extended licence by Judge David Ticehurst at Taunton Crown Court.

A sexual harm prevention order for life was imposed and Budd cannot work or live with a child under the age of 16, once released.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Lesley Ness said: “I would like to praise the victim for their bravery and I hope this sentence will give them some measure of closure.

“I would encourage anyone who might have any concerns about sexual abuse, whether current or historic, to come forward.

“We take all allegations of this type extremely seriously, and we ensure that victims are supported throughout the process.”

Anyone wishing to report an offence can call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. The NSPCC can be reached on 08088 005000 24 hours a day too.

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