Convicted of sex offences

A South Holland teenager convicted of sex offences against three young children has been sent to a young offenders’ institution for seven years at Lincoln Crown Court.

Karl Norman, who had denied the offences, was told by Judge Michael Heath “These children were all significantly younger than you. They were vulnerable. This was extremely serious conduct.

“There can only be one sentence and that is a sentence in a young offenders’ institution.”

Norman (19), of Station Road, Tydd Gote, was found guilty of rape of a 10-year-old girl and four charges of sexually assaulting her.

He was also convicted of further charges of sexual assault on two young boys.

The judge also imposed a sexual offences prevention order which bans Norman from having unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16 for the next ten years.

Catarina Sjolin, prosecuting, said Norman grabbed the young girl and tried to kiss her before going on to rape her.

She told the jury he also sexually abused the young boys.

Joanna Staples, defending, said Norman, who was of previous good character, committed the offences when he was 16.

She said “He is both physically and emotionally immature for his age.”