Bicester man jailed for sexually abusing a child in Warwickshire

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A man has been sentenced to eight years imprisonment for sexually abusing a child in Warwickshire in the early 1980s.

Brian McIlwraith,60 and of Nuffield Close, Bicester in Oxfordshire, was found guilty on Wednesday (April 15) of 16 offences of indecent assault and one offence of attempted buggery following a three day trial and was sentenced the same day at Coventry Crown Court.

He is required to register as a sex offender for life and was given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Det Con Elaine Sloane, of Warwickshire Police’s Child Protection Unit, investigated the case.

She said: “McIlwraith systematically abused this child over a number of years and I would like to commend them for their courage and bravery in coming forward to report the offences to the police and for placing their trust in the judicial system.

“I hope this will encourage other victims to speak out in order to gain the justice they deserve and ensure that dangerous sex offenders are prevented from offending again. I would like to reassure anyone who has been or is a victim of child abuse, that they can contact the police and that they will be treated in a caring and sensitive manner.

“Together with our partner agencies, will give them all the support we can and where possible prosecute those responsible.”

If you have been a victim of sexual abuse, or are worried about someone you know being abused, please contact Warwickshire Police by calling 101.

You can also contact the Blue Sky Centre which offers a service to men, women and children who have experienced rape or sexual assault in the Warwickshire area 24-hour self-referral number 0247 686 5505, email gehtr.theblueskycentre@nhs.net or visit www.blueskycentre.org.uk