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16th April 2019

Penarth Man jailed for multiple sexual offences

BY: Nathan Spackman

A Penarth man has been jailed for multiple sexual offences.

Richard Marsh, aged 38, was jailed yesterday for six and a half years after being found guilty of seven sexual offences following a trial.

In his sentencing remarks Judge Neil Bidder QC told the defendant: “I regard you as someone who is entirely amoral when it comes to sexual intercourse.”

The court heard the woman clearly told Marsh she did not consent and the judge noted: “She repeatedly made that clear.”

Judge Bidder found she was particularly vulnerable because she was asleep when the assault happened.

Detective Sergeant Andrew Boffy, officer in the case, said: “I would like to commend both victims for having the courage to report the abuse and support the prosecution. They have shown considerable strength during the investigation and court process, during which they had to give evidence while Marsh continued to maintain his innocence.

“I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to come forward to report such appalling crimes but I want to reassure anyone considering doing so that there is a whole range of support out there, not only from the police but from partner agencies who can help you through the entire process.

“Officers in Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan will continue to work tirelessly to bring perpetrators of sexual abuse to justice.”

Sexual abuse can be reported via 101, or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Alternatively, help, advice and support can be sought from Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).
Visit http://thesurvivorstrust.org/sarc/ or contact 02920 335795.

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