Upton pervert admits to more assaults

Pervert admits to more assaults

Pervert admits to more assaults

First published in News

A former Upton-upon-Severn man convicted by a jury last month of sexual activity with a child has admitted two further charges and will not now face a re-trial.

David Kember, formerly of Rectory Road, Upton, appeared again at Worcester Crown Court to plead guilty to two charges of indecent assault of a child under 13 on several occasions from December 2003 to December 2004.

The 30-year-old was found guilty by a jury in August of sexual activity with a child and of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

They cleared him on two charges of rape and one of indecent assault, but failed to reach a verdict on four other charges.

The prosecution alleged at the trial that Kember groomed the girl over a number of years by telling her he loved her. At one stage, they were in a consensual relationship.

He claimed he did not abuse her and his friendship was for moral support because her life was in turmoil through family problems.

After the verdicts, Kember was remanded in custody for the prosecution to review the charges, but prosecutor Jonas Hankin said they would not now be seeking a re-trial. Defence counsel Abigail Nixon made no application for bail.

Judge Robert Juckes told Kember, now of Lindhurst Avenue, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire, that a jail sentence was inevitable.

Kember was remanded in custody to return to court for sentencing on October 29.

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