Iain Smith, of Clos du Roncier, admitted indecently assaulting the girl in August.The Deputy Bailiff, Michael Birt, told him that he had committed a serious assault on the girl and that there was no alternative to custody.Crown Advocate Michael O’Connell said that Smith had encouraged the girl to drink red wine before the assault took place, and that after it happened, she ran away from him.
When interviewed later, Smith initially denied any recollection of the attack, then admitted his guilt.Advocate O’Connell also said that the girl in question was extremely vulnerable and had experienced a traumatic life, as she had seen her mother die of a heroin overdose.
He added that the assault had caused the girl extreme physical pain.Defending, Advocate James Bell said that his client admitted the charge and had spared the victim from reliving the experience at trial.
He added that there had been no violence and that he had not tried to force the victim to touch him.Advocate Bell said that Smith had been remorseful and had shown compassion for what he had done to the victim.
The advocate added that his wife had supported him and was in court, and that he had no history of previous offences.The court jailed Smith, saying that there had been an element of premeditation.The Deputy Bailiff was sitting with Jurats Quérée and Bullen.