June 2019

Man jailed for 15 years for child sexual abuse

A man has been jailed for 15 years for raping a ‘vulnerable child’ who was under the age of ten.

Andrew Hammond, 75, of Weymouth, pleaded guilty to nine counts of historical child sex abuse which included rape, engaging a child in sexual activity and causing a child to watch and/or look at an image of sexual activity at Winchester Crown Court.

Hammond committed the offences in Melksham between 2005 and 2008 while his victim was under the age of ten and was said to have sexually abused the girl numerous times over a two-year period.

After Hammond was jailed, DC Karen Haddrell said that he had subjected his victim to an ‘indescribable’ ordeal.

She said: “The ordeal Hammond subjected her to at a young age when she should have been enjoying her childhood is completely indescribable.

“He groomed his victim while she was a vulnerable child and I am pleased that he will now serve a 15-year prison sentence.