Child rapist jailed for 13 years
A CHILD rapist has been jailed for 13 years after being convicted of a catalogue of abuse against two young girls.
Martin Jegou, who changed his surname from Richardson after he was arrested in 2015, groomed the youngsters before subjecting them to sexual abuse. Both girls were under the age of 16 when the offences took place more than a decade ago.
The 51-year-old denied all charges against him but was found unanimously guilty by an Assize jury following a trial in the Royal Court this summer.
He was convicted of seven counts of indecent assault, two charges of procuring an act of gross indecency and a charge of rape against one girl, and one charge of indecent assault against the other victim.
As well as being jailed during a sentencing hearing this week, Jegou was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for a minimum of ten years.
In a statement, the States police said: 'The victims have shown incredible courage in reporting the abuse they suffered to the police and since the initial disclosures have shown strength and commitment in supporting the investigation to is conclusion.
'The huge emotional impact on the victims is impossible to quantify but will no doubt be long-lasting.
'We hope that the sentence handed down will help them to rebuild their lives.'
Following the sentencing, the States police are reminding abuse victims that they can seek confidential support at Dewberry House – a sexual offences referral centre where victims can get help in a less-formal setting than a police station. The centre can be contacted on 888222.
Any parents who have concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation are being encouraged to phone the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub on 519000 or the States police's public protection unit on 612612.