Erith child rapist jailed for 13 years

PUBLISHED: 13:24 04 October 2011

Jailed Lee Hewitt

Jailed Lee Hewitt


A 31-year-old man was sentenced to 13 years in prison yesterday for raping and indecently assaulting children.

Lee Hewitt, 31, of Canada Road, Erith, was found guilty of nine of the 11 offences put before the court, including rape, indecent assault, indecency with a child and sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 13, on August 24 2011.

During the two and a half week trial at Maidstone Crown Court, the jury heard how Hewitt sexually abused two girls, one of whom was just five-years-old, over a 10 year period between 1993 and 2004.

On sentencing at the same court, Judge Statman said: “You have been convicted by Jury following a series of grave sexual offences against two victims, both of whom were involved in your family at the time.

“This court saw both females give evidence and speak of what you had done to them in an extremely brave manner - one of these girls stated she had felt dirty and used.”

The Judge said Hewitt abused trust and had groomed both victims, before passing his sentence.

Following information received, Hewitt was arrested on November 13 2009 and a thorough and detailed investigation was commenced by detectives in Kent Police’s child abuse investigation unit. Hewitt was charged on July 16 2010.

Detective constable Anne-Marie McAteer, who carried out the investigation said: “We welcome the significant sentence that has been handed down and which finally brings this sexual predator to justice.

“Hewitt committed a sustained campaign of abuse on two young girls one of whom was just five-years old when the abuse started.

“He preyed on these children for more than a decade, repeatedly and regularly sexually abusing them without a thought for the harm and suffering he was causing.

“The success of this investigation would not have been possible without the sheer bravery of the victims and they should be commended for their courage in coming forward to report these crimes. Without their courage, this case would never have come to court.

She expressed hope the victims could rebuild their lives and that other victims of sex abuse would have the confidence to come forward after this case.

A Sexual Prevention Order was ordered by the Judge for a period of 10 years and he will be required to be on the sex offenders register for life.

He was found guilty of four counts of indecently assaulting a child, one of indecency with a child, three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 13 and one charge of rape.


Latest Bexley news

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The independent police watchdog has launched an investigation after a man in his 30s died while being detained by police in Bexleyheath on Monday night (September 17).

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A Yellow warning has been issued by the Met Office for the east of England as “very strong winds” are expected tomorrow evening and Friday morning.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Kent all-rounder Grant Stewart praised his team-mates after a good first day against Glamorgan in the County Championship.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A special bench designed to encourage children to reach out and make more friends has been donated to a Sidcup primary school.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

On a day when young, top-order batsmen shone for their respective clubs, Zak Crawley hit a fluent 56 not out to give Kent the advantage on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship clash with Glamorgan in Canterbury.

Monday, September 17, 2018

The number of diabetic people having “devastating” toe, foot and limb amputations in Bexley has shot up since 2014, shocking figures reveal.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Volunteers attending a ‘botany for beginners’ training day at Lesnes Abbey Woods got more than they bargained for when they discovered a plant which was previously thought to be extinct in Kent.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

Most read news

Digital Edition

Read the Bexley Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Bexley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24