St Helena : St Helena: COURT JUDGEMENT, 2 June 2014
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 02.06.2014 (Article Archived on 07.07.2014)
On Monday 2 June 2014 Mr Leslie Clingham was sentenced to twelve months imprisonment after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual assault against a young man who was under the age of 16 years at the time.
COURT JUDGEMENT, 2 June 2014
On Monday 2 June 2014 Mr Leslie Clingham was sentenced to twelve months imprisonment after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual assault against a young man who was under the age of 16 years at the time. These offences occurred in 2002 and were initially investigated in 2007. A decision was taken under the circumstances at that time not to proceed with the matter. During a cold case review in 2013 it was established that the matter could now proceed, and as a result Mr Clingham faced the charges he was sentenced for yesterday.
The Police Service, working with partners from Social Services, Education, voluntary groups and others are wholly committed to the investigation of sex offences on St Helena and to achieving justice for victims of these crimes, and I am pleased that justice has been obtained for the victim in this case. I would like to stress the Police Service’s commitment that no matter when offences take place, we will seek to bring offenders to justice for sex offences on St Helena.
The fact that this matter was subject to a cold case review indicates the developments that have now taken place in the approach to child and adult protection on St Helena. I would urge any victims of such crimes to report them, in confidence, to the Police or Social Services Team.
Director of Policing