Tonbridge pensioner pervert Robin Miles snared by child sex abuse victim's diary
by Keith Hunt
A pensioner who sexually abused a young girl several years ago
has been jailed for two years.
Robin Miles molested the victim while he was carrying out work
for the victim's parents.
She was so mortified she could not bring herself to tell
anybody. But she kept a diary of the abuse, which was discovered
and led to Miles' arrest.
The 72-year-old former tree surgeon, of Higham
Lane, Tonbridge, was convicted at Maidstone Crown Court of two
offences of indecent assault.
He had denied five charges of indecent assault and five
alternatives of sexual assault.
Gary Pons, prosecuting, said when the diary was discovered the
girl broke down in tears. She found it hard to reveal what
happened, but said her diary was true.
"She said she was too embarrassed to tell them
what happened and she was afraid she would not be believed," said
When arrested in January last year, Miles said he could not
believe the allegations and denied any sexual assaults
Andrew Lewis, defending, said on the jury's verdicts the
"The harm caused in such offending can have an impact many years afterwards..." – Judge Philip St John-Stevens
in an isolated incident. It was against an otherwise blameless
Miles was a family man with children and grandchildren, all of
whom held him in high esteem. His partner of 20 years was a
respectable woman who had run her own business, it was
"His health is not good," said Mr Lewis. "He has had a stroke
and a heart operation. He fell from a tree when he was a tree
surgeon and hurt his back. He has been refused painkillers in
Mr Lewis added: "He is a man who never expected to see the
inside of a prison."
Ex-tree surgeon Robin Miles was sentenced at
Maidstone Crown Court
Judge Philip St John-Stevens told Miles: "I watched that young
girl give evidence. The harm caused in such offending can have an
impact many years afterwards.
"It was disturbing and painful at the time. She had been keeping
it secret until somebody read her diary. I saw with my own eyes the
effect of your offending."
The judge added: "You have no mitigation from remorse. It could
have been demonstrated by pleading guilty."
Miles will be on the sex offenders' register for 10 years.
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