South Yorkshire man found guilty of non-recent child sexual abuse incidents in Marchwood
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A 64-year-old man from Sheffield, South Yorkshire was found guilty of non-recent sexual offences against a teenager by a jury at Winchester Crown Court yesterday (Friday 11 February).
Peter John Wabel, of Studfield Hill in Sheffield was found guilty of four counts of indecent assault of a girl under 16 and one count of buggery.
Wabel committed his crimes between 1991 and 1992 at a property in the Marchwood area.
He will be sentenced at Winchester Crown Court on Friday 1 April 2022.
Detective Constable Marie Leather from Hampshire Constabulary’s Amberstone Unit said “We know how hard it is to come forward and report these offences, but it is vital to bring those responsible for these offences to justice.
“We would like to commend the woman for reporting the offences committed against her – she has shown real bravery and courage in doing so. This case has been hanging over the victim for a number of years, having had a huge impact not only on herself, but also her wider family.
“It will not have been easy for her to have to re-live the ordeal that she endured, however, her evidence has been extremely important in helping us to secure a conviction today – so we must praise her for coming forward.
“We are committed to getting justice for victims and we would also encourage anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse to report it directly to police on 101, where you can speak with our specialist officers in confidence.”
As a survivor of sexual abuse, you’re entitled to support whether you report the crime or not. You can access different types of support depending on how you’re feeling and what you decide to do next.
The #ItStillMatters Campaign is assuring survivors of sexual abuse that it is never too late to get support. Information is given on National Helplines and also how to access support locally - https://www.safeline.org.uk/it-still-matters/