Jail likely for sexually abusing child

A Stratford man is likely to be sent to prison after he sexually abused a young girl.

In the Hawera District Court yesterday, Ian Herbert Winmill, 42, unemployed, pleaded guilty to one charge of unlawful sexual connection with a female under 12 years and one charge of performing an indecent act with a girl under 12.

The charges stem from an incident at Winmill's home on January 8.

Judge Allan Roberts, who remanded Winmill in custody until he reappears for sentencing on April 16, said jail should be expected for the abuse. "The issue will be the length of the prison sentence."

In addition to the sex offending, Winmill will also be sentenced on one charge of cultivating cannabis and another of disorderly behaviour. He earlier pleaded guilty to those charges.

Taranaki Daily News