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Peter Wabel convicted at Winchester Crown Court trial of sex offences in 1990s at Marchwood

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A MAN has been found guilty of committing sex offences in Marchwood dating back to the early 1990s.

Peter Wabel (64), from Studfield Hill, Sheffield, was convicted by a jury at Winchester Crown Court of four counts of indecent assault of a girl under 16 and one count of buggery.

The trial heard Wabel committed his crimes between 1991 and 1992. He will be sentenced at the same court on 1st April.

Chelsea Cuthbertson was sent down at Winchester Crown Court (49477100)
Chelsea Cuthbertson was sent down at Winchester Crown Court (49477100)

DC Marie Leather, from Hampshire Constabulary’s Amberstone Unit, said: "We know how hard it is to come forward and report these offences, but it is vital to bring those responsible for these offences to justice.

"We would like to commend the woman for reporting the offences committed against her – she has shown real bravery and courage in doing so.

"This case has been hanging over the victim for a number of years, having had a huge impact not only on herself, but also her wider family.

"It will not have been easy for her to have to re-live the ordeal that she endured.

"However, her evidence has been extremely important in helping us to secure a conviction today, so we must praise her for coming forward."

DC Leather added: "We are committed to getting justice for victims and we would also encourage anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse to report it directly to police on 101, where you can speak with our specialist officers in confidence."

She highlighted that sex abuse survivors are entitled to access support even if they do not formally report a crime to police.

The force is also backing the #ItStillMatters campaign, which seeks to assure survivors it is never too late to get support.

For more information visit www.safeline.org.uk/it-still-matters/ or go to www.hampshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/rsa/rape-and-sexual-assault/support-for-victims-of-rape-and-sexual-assault/

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