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Ex-Barnstaple bin man Philip Weeks jailed for abusing girl, 5, with spectacles

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: February 17, 2017

Philip Weeks who has been jailed for abusing two children

Philip Weeks who has been jailed for abusing two children

A former refuse collector has been jailed for five years after a judge told him that his sexual abuse of two girls will have a long lasting effect on their lives.

Philip Weeks (pictured below) used the arm of his spectacles to assault a five-year-old girl while he was baby sitting at a friend's house and police discovered he had abused another child 15 years earlier.

He was jailed at Exeter Crown Court after a jury rejected his denials, which included a claim that he had never taken the spectacles into the bathroom where the where the girl was assaulted.

He was found guilty after the jury watched a video of the little girl giving a police interview in which she cuddled a fluffy purple doll while describing exactly what Weeks had done to her.

Former scrap yard worker and refuse man Weeks, 59, of Ashleigh Road, Barnstaple, denied assault by penetration on the five-year-old in 2014 and two counts of indecency with the other child between 1999 and 2001.

He was found guilty of all charges and jailed for five years by Recorder Mr Jeremy Wright, who also ordered him to sign on the sex offenders register and imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which will restrict his contact with children when he is released.

He told him: "These were very serious offences. It is well known that offences such as this can and do have long term psychological effects on the victims.

"One of them was aged only five and was therefore very vulnerable. I take into account your age, your poor health, and that you are of good character."

During the trial last month the jury heard that Weeks' first sexual assaults took place around 2000.

He spent a lot of time with the family of a young girl and took the opportunity to abuse her.

He went on to sexually assault the five-year-old child, who was the daughter of long standing family friend, when he was at the mother's home in Barnstaple in 2014.

The mother allowed him to visit her home frequently and to help her out at bathtime but was horrified when her child told her about the incident with the spectacles.

The five-year-old gave an interview to the police which was video recorded in which she is sat on a floor of a room in a special suite playing with a fluffy purple doll as she tells what she says happened to her.

Weeks said he gave the first girl piggy backs and played with her but had done nothing sexual.

He also denied assaulting the five-year-old in the bath. He said he sometimes helped the girl's mother at bath time because the child used to splash water around 'like a tsunami'.

He said he normally stayed by the open door with the child's mother just a few feet away and often within sight of him and the girl.

He said the only pair of spectacles he used at that house were kept in a downstairs kitchen cupboard, well away from the bathroom, and he only used them for reading things when he was in the kitchen.

Richard Crabb, for the defence, said Weeks spends most of his time looking after his 87-year-old mother.

He said: "He presents as rather a lonely and sad figure. He has worked all of his life outdoors and the prospect of prison terrifies him."


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