June 2013

James Stinchcombe admits two sex offences against teenage girl at Gloucester Crown Court

A TETBURY man has finally admitted two sex offences against a 14-year-old girl despite putting his victim “through the mill” of having to give evidence against him.

James Stinchcombe, of London Road, was convicted by a jury at Gloucester Crown Court last month of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and having sexual activity with a child. He had always denied the charges.

The 31-year-old had put a condom on himself in front of the girl and touched her intimately during a massage.

However, as the sentencing hearing got underway, Stinchcombe advised his solicitor, Paul Trotman, to change his plea to guilty. “I am pleased to say he has had a change of heart and now instructs that the girl was telling the truth,” Mr Trotman told the court.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC said the confession would be a great comfort to the girl, who had been disbelieved by some members of her family.

He said: “You are a man who is highly spoken of in your community yet you dragged her along to court and put her through the mill when you knew perfectly well what you had done.

“I am very heartened that at the 11th hour and 59th minute you have accepted what you did.

“It means she can now feel vindicated,” he said.

Stinchcombe was found guilty by a jury of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and having sexual activity with a child.

Stinchcombe was given a two-year community order with supervision and ordered to attend the Thames Valley sex offender course.

He was also prohibited from any contact with the girl and was ordered to sign the sex offender register for five years.

May 2013

Tetbury man, 31, found guilty of two child sex offences against girl, 14

A 31-YEAR-OLD man who showed a 14-year-old girl how to put on a condom using his body for the demonstration was convicted of two child sex charges this afternoon.

James Stinchcombe, of London Road, Tetbury, was found gulty by a jury of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and having sexual activity with a child at Gloucester Crown Court. 

He was released on bail and will be sentenced on June 3. 

He had denied both charges and refuted the girl’s claims but after a four day trial was convicted on both.

Prosecutor Mark Worsley had told the jury that in the summer of 2011 Stinchcombe ‘engaged in grossly inappropiate behaviour’ towards the girl when he demonstrated putting a condom on himself.

Then in May last year he took advantage of her when she was 15 to touch her breast after massaging her back, alleged Mr Worsley.

The girl had agreed to have her back massaged but felt very uncomfortable when Stinchcombe asked her to take off her top and then lie face down on a bed, said the prosecutor.

Stinchcombe undid her bra strap and massaged her back – and it actually did feel better, he said.

But then after she had dressed he put his hand inside her top and under her bra and touched her breast and nipple.

She reported the incident almost immediately to her mother and when she was later interviewed by police she described the incident when Stinchcombe had asked her if she knew how to use condoms.

He had produced a condom and put it on himself as the girl watched, said Mr Worsley.

When Stinchcombe was arrested he made no comment, added the barrister.

After the guilty verdicts were returned today the judge was told Stinchcombe faces a further charge of possessing three images of ‘extreme pornography.’

Judge Tabor said he would not object if that charge was left on the file and not proceeded with in view of the other convictions