A 101-year old paedophile has been given a two year prison sentence, which has been suspended for two years.
Judge Francis Sheridan exclaimed that his sentence would not be heard until another hearing, which is scheduled to take place in September.
Douglas Hammersley pleaded guilty to three charges of sexually assaulting a schoolgirl more than 40 years ago.
The victim, who is now in her 40s, has been praised for her bravery by the NSPCC for her ‘tremendous courage’ for coming forward about the attacks.
The New Malden resident pleaded guilty to the charges, which occured in 1977 and 1979, at Aylesbury Crown Court.
This was after numerous court hearings, where debates occurred about whether Hammersley was fit enough to go through the legal process.
A spokesperson for the NSPCC said:
‘There is no hiding place for perpetrators of child abuse. Hammersley has faced justice despite probably believing he got away with his depraved crimes against a young girl.
‘It is never too late for survivors of child abuse to speak out and Hammersley’s victim showed tremendous courage in doing so. It’s vital she now receives the support she needs.’