Sex-offender caught,  some 30 years later!

A SEX offender, formerly of Sunderland, who left an underage victim traumatised, has been jailed… almost 30 years after committing the crimes!
David Wood’s victim, who suffers from PTSD, said his conviction by a jury “is part of the healing process” after her years of struggling with the effects of his actions.
The 62-year-old, who left Sunderland to live in Tenerife, denied indecent assault and two offences of indecency with a child, all in relation to the same under-age girl.
But he was found guilty after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court, where he was jailed for six years and ordered to sign the sex-offenders’ register for life.
Wood, who must abide by the terms of a sexual-harm prevention order, was told by Judge Julie Clemitson: “She hated you for what you had done. Undoubtedly, your behaviour towards her had a profound and long-lasting impact upon her life.”
She said of Wood, who had no convictions before or after the offences, and had handed character references to the court: “He no longer presents a substantial risk towards children.”
Sue Hirst, defending, said Wood gave up his life in Tenerife after the charges were brought against him.
Miss Hirst added: “Character references speak of other aspects of Mr Wood, him having been a loyal friend to people, and hard work.
“As a result of the convictions, he and his partner, whom he has been with for 3½ years, have had to abandon the life in Tenerife, having lived there for some time.
“Mr Wood had remained in this country and his partner has returned from the property in Tenerife, having to face rebuilding her life in this country in order to continue supporting him.”

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