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Faringdon man, 66, admits sexual assaults on girl and woman

Byoxfordnewspaper

Aug 19, 2022

A Faringdon man faces years behind bars after he admitted sexually assaulting two girls.

Appearing before Oxford Crown Court on Thursday afternoon, Kevin Purdy, 66, pleaded guilty to three counts of sexually assaulting a girl under-13 and one charge of sexual assault on a female. He denied causing or inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity.

The offences were committed against two victims between 2017 and 2020.

Jose Olivares-Chandler, defending, asked the judge to readmit his client to bail. “It is accepted at the outset these are very serious offences.

“Even putting to one side the credit [for an early guilty plea] this is the type of offence which these courts know all too well but which unusually [here] has a defendant who is not just putting his hands up at this stage but he has been taking steps to deal with the underlying issues.”

He had approached his GP for support and had also gone to counselling service Talking Space, his barrister said.

Remanding him in custody and ordering a pre-sentence report to look at whether or not he should receive an extended sentence, Judge Maria Lamb said: “In light of the guilty pleas to matters of this gravity the defendant must be remanded in custody.”

Purdy, of Lechlade Road, Faringdon, will be sentenced on September 8.

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire's court and crime reporter.

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