A man has been jailed today (Friday, March 3) for 20 years after being found guilty of sexual offences against children.
Justin Paul Willis, 36, of School Lane, Hamble-le-Rice, was convicted of 19 offences, including indecent assault, following a two-week trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.
The court had heard that Willis sexually assaulted two girls in the Winchester area when they were aged between four and 17 years of age.
Willis started his offending in 1997, the jury was told, and carried on until 2008.
The court heard the abuse came to light when one of the victims reported it to the police in 2015.
Today Judge Adam Feest sentenced Willis to 20 years in prison. Willis will also be on the sexual offender register for life.
Speaking after the case, Detective Constable Craig Ferguson, of Basingstoke CID, said: “Today justice has been served on a man who committed awful acts over a prolonged period of time.
“In sentencing, the judge said Willis showed manipulative and cowardly behaviour in committing and trying to conceal these offences.
“The two victims in this case have had to show remarkable bravery and courage in reliving their experiences during the investigation and again during the trial.
“I hope this result will give confidence to any victim that has suffered abuse of this nature that they can come forward and talk to us.”
Any victims of abuse can report it by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency. Mini-com users can phone 18001 101.
Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.