An 83-year-old man who subjected a girl younger than ten to horrific sexual abuse in the 60s and 70s has been jailed for 18 years. 

A jury at Amersham Crown Court returned unanimous guilty verdicts against Frederick Stallwood, from Heol y Gors, Ammanford, West Wales, after a four-day trial. 

He was found guilty of two counts of rape of a female under 16, two counts of gross indecency with a girl under 14, and two counts of indecency with a girl under the age of 14.

All the attacks happened in High Wycombe in the 1960s and 1970s and involved one girl who was less than ten years old throughout the offending.

Stallwood was voluntarily interviewed, and was charged on May 22 this year.

Specialist Investigator, Rebecca Eva of Thames Valley Police’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “The victim was subjected to horrific sexual abuse as a very young child, which has had a tremendous impact on her life. 

“I would like to thank the victim for her courage, bravery and determination throughout the investigation, through to trial. 

“It has been an extremely traumatic time for her and I hope that the unanimous guilty verdicts and the sentence given, brings her some closure.

“This sentence reflects the hard work that is carried out by the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, in bringing these offenders to justice and I would encourage anybody who has been a victim of childhood sexual abuse to report it to the police.

"We will listen, there is support and help available and wherever possible, we will prosecute."