Detectives from PSNI’s Public Protection Branch have welcomed the revised sentence handed down to a 23-year-old County Down man convicted of sexual offences.
Simon Cash was initially sentenced to an enhanced Combination Order which is community service of 100 hours and probation order for 3 years for to run concurrently on Wednesday 15 January at Newtownards Crown Court for sexual assault and sexual assault by penetration against a young woman. These offences were initially reported to police in December 2018. The case was heard again at the court of appeal in Belfast on Friday 6 March resulting in a revised sentence of 18 months imprisonment.
Mr Cash has also been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.
Detective Constable Barnes, from the PSNI’s Public Protection Branch, said: “The Director of Public Prosecutions referred the sentence to the Court of Appeal as being unduly lenient. We welcome this revised sentence and the fact that this offender is now behind bars. I hope the courage and bravery shown by the victim and her resolution to bring this sex offender to justice will encourage anyone who has experienced any form of sexual abuse to come forward to police.
“We want the public and victims who have suffered this kind of assault to report it. Our officers in PSNI’s Public Protection Branch are committed to investigating all reports of sexual assault and we seek to place offenders before the courts so they can be made amenable for their crimes. We have specially trained officers who will treat you with sensitivity and respect.
“I would continue to encourage anyone who has experienced any form of sexual assault to contact police on 101.”