Man who molested young girl jailed despite protesting innocence

Clive Garrad was jailed for two years
Clive Garrad was jailed for two years

A 57-year-old man who twice molested a young schoolgirl showed "no remorse", a court has heard.

Granddad of four Clive Garrad denied the historic allegations against him but was convicted after a trial by Liverpool Crown Court jury and jailed for two years.

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Sentencing him, Judge Rachel Smith said he had molested the girl, then aged 11 or 12, when she visited his home and on both occasions she had smelt alcohol on his breath.

She added: “You knew she had not complained after the first incident and you rightly thought she would not do so again.

"Years passed by but your offences were not forgotten by her.”

The victim eventually did tell police and Garrad, of Meadowbrook, Marton, was arrested.

“Her complaint was triggered by concerns for the safety of female children with whom you were having regular contact,” said Judge Smith.

Garrad, formerly of Kerr Close, Kirkby, Liverpool, denied the allegations and at his trial called his wife and sons to give evidence on his behalf.

Following his conviction, the 57-year-old maintained his innocence when speaking to a probation officer, who described him as “demonstrating no remorse, no empathy and no insight.”

The judge ordered Garrad to sign the Sex Offender's Register for ten years and imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for the same length of time.

Barry Goldwater, defending, said the probation interview had taken place immediately after his conviction.

He added that Garrad had been a hard working man all his career in the motor industry and the father of four was described as “honest and trustworthy”.