February 2019

Paedophile jailed for six years for sexually assaulting girl on multiple occasions

A paedophile has been jailed for six years for sexually assaulting a girl on multiple occasions in Sunbury.

Leon Dalrymple, 34, of Pollards Hill South in Croydon, cried in the dock as he was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on Friday (February 8).

He had previously pleaded guilty to six charges, all relating to the same girl, at a plea trial preparation hearing in December 2018.

The charges outlined 24 different instances of sexual assault on the girl, who was under the age of 11 when they took place.

Three charges related to offences of sexual assault by penetration, and three related to offences of sexual assault by touching.

In a victim impact statement read out to the court by prosecutor Nicola Shannon, the girl explained she often wished she “didn’t say anything” and felt at “fault” for Dalrymple being arrested.

It read: “Leon would tell me it was okay when he was abusing me. I just accepted that what he was doing was normal at the time. I didn’t know any different.

“I thought it was my fault that Leon was going through what he went through.

“I would often wished that I didn’t say anything.

The court heard how the girl first spoke of the sexual assaults to a doctor whilst on a visit to hospital.

Dalrymple, who formerly worked in a pub, had been on conditional bail ahead of his sentencing.

Across the six charges, judge Moss handed out concurrent sentences, taking into account a discount of a third for Dalrymple’s guilty plea.

For each of counts one to three of sexual assault by penetration, the 34-year-old was given six years’ imprisonment to run concurrently.

Also to be served concurrently, Dalrymple was given five-year sentences for each of counts four to six – relating to sexual assault by touching.

He has also been given a sexual harm prevention order and will have to sign the sexual offenders register for life.