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Man jailed over 1982 Oxfordshire girl sex attack

Adrian De Havilland
Image caption The judge said Adrian De Havilland "terrified" the girls

A man has been jailed for indecently assaulting an 11-year-old girl in Oxfordshire almost 30 years ago.

Adrian De Havilland, who was 17 at the time, threatened the girl with a knife before attacking her while her friend watched near Harwell, in April 1982.

He admitted four charges in June after the case was reopened following a review of forensic evidence.

The 45-year-old, of Sherwood Drive, Wigan, was jailed for three years and three months at Oxford Crown Court.

'Brought to justice'

De Havilland, formally known as Adrian Goodenough, admitted indecent assault, false imprisonment and two counts of incitement to commit gross indecency.

Judge Tom Corrie said: "You have terrified both the girls.

"This is a very bad example of indecent assault - about as serious as one could come across."

Det Supt Barry Halliday, from Thames Valley's major crime review team, said: "This case related to a number of serious offences and I am satisfied Thames Valley Police was able to bring De Havilland to justice after evading it for so long.

"Offenders who think they have got away with a crime years, or even decades later, should be aware [we] will be doing our utmost to bring them to justice."

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