38-year-old Minehead man jailed for sexual abuse of two girls
A man who sexually abused two young girls was jailed for eight years by a furious judge today (December 21).
38-year-old Andre Egington, currently a serving prisoner, but originally from Penfield Road in Minehead, had sex with a 15-year-old and then months later went on to abuse a 12-year-old girl.
As he assaulted the younger girl he told his crying victim: “Don’t tell. I could get in trouble. What goes on in this house, stays in this house.”
Prosecuting, Mark Worsley said Egington had tried to cover his tracks by telling the girl’s father he had ‘accidentally’ touched her, but broke down in tears and confessed what he had done when the girl told her school what had happened.
“When he was confronted by the girl’s father, he told him ‘I didn’t mean it’,” Mr Worsley said, adding that Egington had admitted his crimes when interviewed by police.
Defending, Patrick Mason said his client was Minehead ‘born and bred’, but had suffered a traumatic childhood of violence and abuse.
“This is a man who has been much scarred by his own childhood experiences,” he said.
“He can remember that he slept with the 15-year-old twice, but maintains it was entirely consensual. Obviously with the younger girl things are different. She was so much younger than him and he is appalled and mystified at what he did.
“He did what he did. He accepts that. He is very remorseful for his behaviour. As a result of this his life is shattered – there is simply nothing left of it. He is a very isolated person, finding life in prison very difficult.
“This is not a cynical predator. This is a man who is damaged by his own experiences and remorseful that he has inflicted them upon others.”
Egington pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child, one of sexual assault on a child under the age of 13, and one of a penetrative sexual assault on a child under the age of 13.
He cried in the dock as Mr Mason told the court about his past, and explained that as a result of his arrest, he had lost his family.
Sentencing him, Judge David Ticehurst said: “Between June 2015 and June 2016 this year, you were involved in the sexual abuse and assault of two young girls.
“Having been abused yourself, you have now gone on to abuse these two girls. Children need to be protected from people like you.”
He sentenced him to four years for sexual activity with a child and one year for sexual assault on a child under the age of 13, to run concurrently. He also sentenced him to four consecutive years for a penetrative assault on a child under the age of 13, and a further 12 months on license.
Egington was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and told to pay a surcharge of £140.
An NSPCC spokeswoman for South West England said: “Egington’s disgusting actions robbed his defenceless victims of their childhood and could have a lasting impact into their adult years.
“No child should ever have to experience what the victims went through.
“It is vital anyone affected can get the support they need rather than suffer in silence, as sadly so many do.”
Any adult concerned about the welfare of a child or young person can call the NSPCC helpline for free, 24/7, on 0808 800 5000. Meanwhile, children can call Childline on 0800 1111.