November 2019

Jailed for sexual crimes against teen

A man has been jailed for six years after pleading guilty to sexual offences against a teenage girl.

Robert Banning, 77, of Newtown Road, Newbury, West Berkshire, appeared at Winchester Crown Court for sentence.

He had admitted four counts of sexual activity with a child, one charge of causing or inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity and two counts of making indecent images of children.

The court heard that the offending took place between July 2018 and February this year in the Basingstoke area.

The victim was 15-years-old at the time, and Banning’s offences were reported to the police after she disclosed what had happened to a relative.

Today (Thursday 21 November), Banning was jailed for six years.

He was also given a lifetime sexual harm prevention order and a lifetime restraining order.