10:35AM, Friday 17 January 2014
A five-year prison sentence has been handed to a man convicted of sexually assaulting a girl aged under 16 in Old Windsor.
Keith Brummitt, 50, was sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Monday after he was found guilty of five counts of sexual assault, committed within the last decade, following a trial.
He was cleared of three other counts of sexual assault.
A jury at the trial, held in October, heard the allegations against Brummitt, of High Street, Great Missenden, came to light after his victim wrote a letter to her boyfriend on the back of a bank statement in 2011.
In the letter the girl claimed Brummitt had intentionally touched her on a number of occasions.
Brummitt denies the offences took place despite his conviction, a stance condemned by Judge Stephen John.
Sentencing, Judge John said: "You have no one but yourself to blame for these offences.
"There is no remorse on your part and you continue to protest your innocence, you display no empathy and take no responsibility for your offending.
"It's impossible to predict the future impact on your victim as a result of the abuse you carried out against her, but it's likely to be significant and long lasting."
Defending, Ed Butler said Brummitt had a number of faults but added he also had some positive qualities.
He said: "His incarceration has been difficult for him and his family, who retain their support.
"This was a man who lost his head but regained it, and has been a decent man for a number of years."
Brummitt was given two sentences of six months, two of 18 months, and one of five years for the charges, to be served concurrently, and was placed under a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for life.
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