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Jail for Cambridgeshire abuser, 76, who struggled to 'fight off his sexual sins'

John Francis has been jailed for eight years Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A child abuser - who told his young victim that "people around her would get hurt" if she spoke out - has been jailed.

John Francis, of Norwood Road, in March, sexually assaulted the girl over a seven-year period - beginning when she was just six years old.

The 76-year-old admitted committing a number of offences, including sexual assault and exposure, between 2008 and 2015. He told officers he had struggled to fight off his "sexual sins".

During the hearing, Cambridge Crown Court heard how Francis had told his victim not to tell anyone about the abuse because he would go to prison and people around her would get hurt.

She finally spoke out about it following an appointment with her doctor.

"This offence has had a huge impact on the victim throughout her life.

"She was very brave in coming forwards and has shown great courage and dignity throughout the whole process. I hope she is now able to find some closure from this traumatic period of her life."

– Det Con Clemie Yazley, Cambridgeshire Police

Francis was jailed for eight years, put on the sex offenders' register for life, and made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) which stops him having unsupervised contact with children under 16, being involved in any voluntary or paid activity with people under 18, and contacting his victim and her family.