A man from Chippenham has been found guilty of non-recent sex offences on a child.

Donald Winchcombe, 74, of Brake Mead, was found guilty following a trial at Salisbury Crown Court of indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 13 years, that is 10 or 11.

The offence took place between 1978 and 1979 when the victim was 10 years old.

Winchcombe is due to be sentenced at Salisbury Crown Court on May 13.

Det Con Laura Barwood, of Central CID said: “Firstly, I would like to thank the victim for the bravery she has shown in contacting police in relation to her ordeal. Not only that, but I’d like to commend her for the bravery she showed in the court room during the trial. She has had to relive her experiences twice now in front of a jury after the first trial ended abruptly when the offender became ill.

"I hope this verdict will provide her with some closure, however, I completely understand that no sentence will ever compensate for what he did to her.

“I also hope that this case encourages anyone else in a similar position to come forward and report it to us. You will be fully supported by our officers and we will also be able to direct you to support agencies who can provide further, long-term support.”

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