Former Whithorn resident jailed for sexual assault

A MAN who was arrested by Manchester CID in Whithorn for sexually assaulting a teenager in Wythenshawe has been jailed.

Tuesday, 31st August 2010, 4:28 pm

James Astbury, 36, of Forsyth Avenue, Whithorn, Newton Stewart, Scotland, was banged up for four years at Manchester Crown Court Crown Square last Monday.

He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders' Register for life and given a seven-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Astbury, who is thought to have driven for Kings Coaches during his time in Wigtownshire, was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault at an earlier hearing.

On Saturday 19 September 2009, Astbury was with a 14-year-old girl, whom he knew, at Fouracres Road, Wythenshawe.

He was drinking and gave the girl alcohol.

Astbury started massaging her feet, stroking her legs and sexually assaulted her.

She pushed him away but Astbury sexually assaulted her again and she stopped him again.

Astbury dropped her off at home the following day and, en route, apologised for his actions, blaming it on the fact he had been drinking.

He asked her not to say anything.

Astbury moved to Scotland the following month and it was only then that his victim felt able to tell her mother - even then, she began the conversation with her mother via text because she was too upset to talk about it.

Officers from South Manchester CID traced Astbury, travelled to Scotland and arrested him at his new address.

Detective Constable Rob Southern, based at South Manchester CID, said: "Neither alcohol nor anything else can justify a man in his 30s sexually abusing a child he was trusted with, this is a clear breach of that trust.

"The attack had such a profound effect on his victim that she only felt able to tell someone when Astbury had moved a long way from her.

"Greater Manchester Police takes all reports of sexual assault seriously and we will do all we can to bring offenders to justice whether they are two paces from a police station or 200 miles away."