Pensioner guilty of child abuse

A SUFFOLK pensioner has been found guilty of sexually abusing a seven-year-old girl.Clifford Tickner, of Bloomfield Way, Debenham was convicted of indecently assaulting the girl by an Ipswich Crown Court jury.

A SUFFOLK pensioner has been found guilty of sexually abusing a seven-year-old girl.

Clifford Tickner, of Bloomfield Way, Debenham was convicted of indecently assaulting the girl by an Ipswich Crown Court jury.

The jury took just over four hours to reach its 10 to two majority verdict after hearing evidence at the court.

During the trial the court heard that Tickner, 75, had asked the girl to do him a favour and said he would buy her a slush puppy drink.


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He then told her to take off her trousers and lie down on the bathroom floor.

Tickner indecently assaulted the girl before apologising to her and asking for her forgiveness.

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Tickner, of previous good character denied the allegation and accused the girl of having a good imagination.

The court heard that the girl confided in her mother during a holiday to France.

The mother told the court: “I was literally in a state of shock on hearing what came out of my daughter's mouth.”

Judge John Holt told Tickner to sign the sex offenders' register and he ordered a pre-sentence report.

Tickner was released from the court on conditional bail and told to return on November 25 to be sentenced.

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