Sept 2008

Child sex offender warned he faces jail

A MAN has been warned to expect jail after he admitted a string of sex offences against a young girl.

Stuart Francis, 21, Bingham Close, South Ockendon, pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual activity with a child when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court. The offences took place between February 14 and April 18.

Adjourning the case for medical reports and a probation report, Judge Rupert Overbury told Francis: “You have pleaded guilty to extremely serious matters which will almost inevitably result in a jail sentence.”

Francis was released on bail on condition he must not contact prosecution witnesses and will return to the court for sentence on Friday, November 7.