Eloise Emanuel prosecuted a recidivist paedophile considered a 'menace to young girls', at the Central Criminal Court, Defendant Neil Cuthbertson, 51, was jailed at the Old Bailey for nearly 6 years after pleading guilty to two separate serious sexual assaults on females under the age of 13 years and two concordant breaches of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
On 8 November 2015, Cuthbertson sexually assaulted an 11 year old girl while she and her family were watching a magic show at Hamleys Toy Store in Regent Street, W1. The second assault, in November 2016, was carried out against an 8 year old girl while she was shopping in Waitrose, Westfield, with her mother and younger brother.
The Defendant received consecutive prison sentences of 15 months for the assault in Hamleys, 6 months for the assault in Waitrose, and two 24-month terms for the breaches.
DC Brian Simmonds of the Metropolitan Police Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Team said: "I can only pay tribute to the victim and her family in this case, whose bravery in seeing this through led Cuthbertson to plead guilty.
"Incidents like this in public spaces are relatively rare, and the Met Police are committed to robustly prosecuting offenders such as Cuthbertson and safeguarding the public."
The sentence, at the Central Criminal Court, was prosecuted by QEB Hollis Whiteman member Eloise Emanuel.
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