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Jailed child abuser given two more years behind bars
A FORMER Hampshire director was given an extra two years behind bars yesterday after being confronted by one of his victims over the true extent of his abusing.
Shamed Neil Townsend was sentenced to five years in jail last August for abusing seven girls.
But following that court appearance one of his victims confronted him in jail about the scale of his abuse against her.
Southampton Crown Court heard how he admitted to her that he had started to abuse when she was just seven years old and not aged about 12 as he previously admitted.
Sentencing, Judge Gary Burrell said had he known the girl was being abused at a younger age and a longer period of time, he would handed down a harsher sentence.
He said: “You took advantage of her for your own sexual gratification. The effect on her has already been mentioned; suffice to say it’s traumatic and something that will stay with her for the rest of her life.”
Townsend, of Onslow Road, Southampton, pleaded guilty to gross indecency with a child and indecent assault on a female child.
Lawrence Kiolfi, defending, said : “He has deepened his understanding on why the offending has been committed by him. He’s utterly ashamed of what he has done.”
Last August, Townsend, an active member of Waterside Tennis Club and a singer in the Hythe band 2 Generations and 2nd Generation in the 90s, admitted sexually abusing seven girls after one of his victims confronted him ten years after his crimes.
As previously reported in the Daily Echo, he then handed himself into the police when he feared his past as an abuser would come to light.
Townsend confessed he had crept into children’s bedrooms to touch them while they slept.
The court heard how one of his victims began self-harming, took an overdose and even tried to hang herself.