Welwyn Garden City man branded 'a monster, demon, a complete child predator'
PUBLISHED: 10:08 14 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:36 14 October 2016
A Welwyn Garden City paedophile has been jailed after committing numerous sexual offences involving two young girls, including attempted rape.
Simon Doherty, 66, was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court last Thursday for 11 counts between June 2005 and June 2014, which involved sexually assaulting a girl as young as six.
The Lincoln Close resident was given 12 years in prison after being found guilty of seven charges of sexually touching a girl under 13, including once by penetration, and attempting to rape a child under 13.
Doherty was also found guilty of three counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
In mitigation the court heard Doherty has serious heart problems that require surgery, he is on various medication and is suffering from depression.
Defending, Allan Compton said: “This is a man that’s been married 47 years. He will have to accept a realistic possibility given his state of health that they may not be reunited. There’s a real possibility he may die in jail.”
Judge John Plumstead deplored the “vile” acts, but considered Doherty’s health while sentencing. He also made a permanent restraining order.
Following the hearing, a family member of one of the victims told the WHT: “I think justice has been served but he got off lightly with 12 years.
“I think he’s a monster, a demon, a complete child predator that deserves to be behind bars, and now no little babies can be molested by him.
“It’s the worst thing I have ever been through in my life. I don’t know what to say, it took a long time, 17-and-a-half months to be over. I’m very happy with the court.”
One of the victims told the WHT: “It was terrible. I’m diagnosed with depression and anxiety, I used to hurt myself a lot, I tried to kill myself a few times. I’m on depression medication and get a lot of support.”
However, she said she now sees light at the end of the tunnel, and added: “I feel really proud. A weight has been lifted from me. Obviously it has been hard but every second of it was worth it now that he can’t do it to anyone else.
“A lot has happened but at the end of the day it is worth it because he’s away now.”