Fakenham man jailed for 12 years on child sex abuse charges

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A 32-year-old man has been jailed for 12 years after being found guilty of the sexual abuse of two children.

Simon Pettitt, of North View Drive, Whissonsett, near Fakenham was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court yesterday after being convicted following an eight day trial in August of this year.

Pettitt had been charged with five counts of sexual abuse including one count of rape and one count of sexual assault.

The abuse took place over a period of five years dating back as far as 2006 and involved girls under the age of 16.

Detective Constable, Tina King of Norfolk Constabulary’s Child Abuse Investigation Team, said: “Pettitt never accounted for his actions during the investigation and during the trial failed to show any remorse towards his victims.

“Pettitt’s not guilty plea meant his victims had to relive their ordeal in court which took an enormous amount of courage, and we hope such a sentence will give them a sense of closure, and that they can now move on positively with their lives.

“The Constabulary is committed to bringing such offenders to justice and has a dedicated team of investigators who deal with crimes involving child abuse.

“We recognise that coming forward can be a difficult step for victims and we will investigate cases that are reported to us whatever the timeframe.”