Cumbria

Workington toilet attack man will get 'long sentence'

A man who abused a nine-year-old girl in a public toilet in Cumbria has been told he will face a long jail sentence.

John Newton, 26, of Fisher Street, Workington, admitted going into a toilet in a park intending to sexually assault the girl.

The attack in Vulcan Park in Workington happened in August and Newton admitted the charges in October.

The case has now been adjourned until March, when he will be sentenced following a psychiatric assessment.

Speaking at Carlisle Crown Court earlier, Judge Paul Batty said Newton, who remains in custody, posed a risk to children.

He said he would face a lengthy prison sentence, potentially a life term.

Newton had denied intending to rape the girl - a charge the prosecution dropped.

But he pleaded guilty to other charges of voyeurism, false imprisonment and causing the girl actual bodily harm.

He also admitted breaking a court order that was imposed after a previous offence.

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