July 2019

Norwich man jailed for 20 years following sex offences’ conviction

A 59-year-old Norfolk man has been jailed for 20 years after being convicted of a number of non-recent sexual offences against a young girl.

Lloyd Soanes, aged 59, of Dow Close, Norwich, was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment and placed on licence for another 12 months at Norwich Crown Court on Friday 26 July 2019. He was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

Following a trial at Norwich Crown Court, Soanes was found guilty on 17 June 2019 of six counts of indecent assault and four counts of gross indecency on a girl under the age of 14, one count of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 16 and a number of other sexual offences against one victim.

The offences took place between 31 August 1997 and 13 January 2003.

The result comes after a complex investigation by officers from Norfolk Constabulary’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit, which led to Soanes being charged with the offences in January this year.

Following the sentencing, the victim said: “He has taken everything from me – my childhood and my innocence, and it has affected friendships, family, relationships and my career.

“This was never about seeking revenge but getting justice and although I’ll never be able to change what happened, I can now at last try to move on with my life.”