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Haverhill man, 94, jailed for sex offences from 1970s and 1980s

Ipswich Crown Court Image copyright Oxymoron
Image caption Frederick Smith was jailed at Ipswich Crown Court for offences dating back decades

A 94-year-old man has been jailed for sex assaults on a girl during the 1970s and 1980s.

Frederick Smith threw a pair of garden shears at his victim when she confronted him but missed, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

The former bus driver, of Camps Road, Haverhill, admitted four counts of indecent assault and one of indecency.

He was jailed for 12 months and will serve his sentence in the hospital wing at HMP Norwich.

Smith warned the victim if she revealed what he had done no-one would believe her.

Sentencing him, Judge David Goodin told Smith that his "terrible" offences had taken away a substantial part of his victim's childhood.

The judge said Smith's offending would have attracted a substantially longer prison term were it not for his age.

He is expected to be released into the community on licence after about six months.

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