November 2017

Man spared jail over indecent assault more than a decade ago

A man has been ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register after he indecently assaulted a teenage girl 13 years ago.

David Tuckwood, 38, of Homewell Walk, Clifton, was arrested recently after his victim went to police.

Nottingham Crown Court heard he pleaded guilty to the offence, and received a nine month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

His basis of plea said he did not realise the person he was touching intimately was the child.

When she turned and faced him and he saw her face, he carried on with his behaviour for a short period of time.

Judge Nigel Gosmark QC said: “I accept this was – on the basis of your plea – mistaken.

He then made a sexual harm prevention order, put Tuckwood on the sex offenders’ register for ten years, and gave him a restraining order.

And he ordered the defendant attend appointments for mental health treatment.

The judge said: “This was 13 years ago. You have had mental health difficulties over the last few years. There have been concerns about your behaviour when you are not well.”

The court heard Tuckwood could also now be banned from working with children in light of his conviction.

Laura Pitman, prosecuting, said the girl – who cannot be identified due to the nature of the charges – was 13 when she confronted Tuckwood, saying “what are you doing?”

Tuckwood did not say anything and later laughed at her when she confronted him again.

A family member also spoke with Tuckwood – but he denied anything happened. Miss Pitman said the matter was not reported for many years.

Martin Elwick, mitigating, called an expert to give evidence about Tuckwood, who said he would benefit from a mental health treatment requirement.

Mr Elwick said of his client: “The reality is he lives a very isolated life on his own.”