The victim of Scott Davis’ sex attack says she was ‘stripped of her freedom and confidence’.
The 15-year-old girl made the decision to leave a party in Roundponds, Melksham, at around 5am on New Year’s Day 2022 – walking home because she wanted her own bed.
However, she was approached by by the defendant in the A350 Beanacre Road underpass. He told her that he wanted to walk her home because there are “sick” men around.
During the walk he grabbed the teenager’s hand tightly so that she was unable to pull away and later, he took her down an unknown lane – where he launched a sex attack.
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Davis grabbed her around the waist, pulled her closer and kissed her on the lips.
“You’ve got a good figure”, he told the girl – whilst proceeding to put his hands down her trousers and squeezing her buttocks. He raised her leg and held it up with one hand.
In a victim personal statement, the teenager said: “The stress of this whole case has been unimaginable, as if it was never going to end.
“I can’t even walk home sometimes without having to look over my shoulder, scaring myself into thinking of ways to protect myself… I can’t walk the same paths you took me down.
“I have had countless sleepless nights, bad dreams, and flashbacks, because of what you did to me. You stripped a 15-year-old girl of her freedom, confidence, and self-esteem.”
As previously reported on 11 November, Judge Morris, sitting at Salisbury Crown Court, jailed Davis for two years and ordered him to register as a sex offender for ten years.
Detective Constable Sarah Greenman, of the Child Internet Exploitation team at Wiltshire Police said: “This case was predatory in nature, with neither defendant or victim known to one another prior to the attack.
“I would like to thank the victim for her bravery in coming forwards and helping us to prosecute the defendant. He has denied the offence all along, refusing to take the stand during his trial in order to give evidence and/or be cross-examined.
“There were no first-hand witnesses in this case, and no CCTV or forensics, yet it still resulted in a conviction. If you are reading this, have experienced sexual violence and have yet to report it – I hope this gives you the confidence to do so. You will be listened to.”
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