A Burnham-On-Sea pensioner has this week been jailed for 15 years after pleading guilty to a series of historic sexual offences.

Maurice Wall, 76, of Ramsay Way in Burnham-On-Sea, appeared at Bristol Crown Court on Monday for sentencing.

He pleaded guilty to four indecent assault charges, one of indecency with a child, and two of having sexual intercourse with a girl aged under 13.

The court heard the prolonged abuse of his young victim took place over a sustained period of time.

Sentencing him, Recorder of Bristol, Judge Peter Blair QC, said: “It has had long-lasting physiological effects upon your victim, for which you must have proper punishment.”

Wall was sentenced to 15 years and 11 months and must register as a sex offender for life and is barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.

Senior Crown Prosecutor, CPS South West Kathryn Jones, added: “This has been an extremely distressing case for the victim and I must commend the bravery shown.”

“I hope the sentence brings some closure and now allows the victim to move forward.”