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Man jailed for historic sex abuse in Surrey

Man jailed for historic sex abuse in Surrey

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 7:00am 25th August 2019. (Updated at 8:18am 25th August 2019)

A man has been jailed after an investigation into historic sexual abuse in Chertsey dating back to the 1970s.

Kevin Friend, 60 of Weston Road, Evesham, Worcestershire, was convicted of two counts of indecent assault against two victims under the age of 16.

He was also found guilty of sexually assaulting an adult and multiple counts of indecent assault against the same victim.

However, Mr Friend was found not guilty of a further seven counts of indecent assault after the hearing on July 26.

On August 23, he received a nine year sentence for the crimes at Guildford Crown Court.

Mr Friend targeted a 14-year-old victim between 1977 and 1979, indecently assaulting her on multiple occasions in Chertsey.

His second victim was aged 10 at the time of the attacks, which took place in Camberley between 1987 and 1990.

A third victim, a 22-year-old woman, was assaulted by Mr Friend in Evesham, Worcestershire, between 2004 and 2005.

The three victims came forward approximately a decade after his last attack.

One of the victims said in her impact statement:

"This stopped me moving forwards and I have lived in limbo until now.

“I’m just hoping that after this case is finished I can actually finally put this to bed.

“I’ve just moved on now I am the age that I am and I’ve learnt to live with what happened.”

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Sharron Goodchild said:

“I would like to praise the victims for having the courage to speak out and ensure Friend was brought to justice for these heinous crimes.

“We would not be where we are today without the resilience and bravery of the victims during our investigation. I hope that Friend being found guilty, as well as the sentence imposed today, will allow them to put this behind them and finally move on with their lives.

"I also hope that this will encourage others in a similar position to come forward and report it to us – we will always carry out a full investigation, no matter how long ago the offences were committed.”

Victims of sexual assault can find details of how to access support on the Surrey Police website.