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Woman jailed for sexual assaults

A woman has been jailed for eight years and six months for a series of non-recent sexual assaults which took place more than three decades ago in North Somerset.

The assaults happened in the late 1980s at the former home of the offender Delena Wells – a cottage in Norton’s Wood Lane, Clevedon.

The two victims were vulnerable, due to their age – between 13-15 at the time. 

Underage boys plied with alcohol

Wells, now aged 72, encouraged one boy to drink alcohol and live life without rules. She watched a pornographic film with him before indecently assaulting him. She continued to abuse him frequently over many months.

A vulnerable teenager had put his trust in Wells. She repaid him by repeatedly and systematically sexually abusing him. She also exerted a controlling influence over the victim – instead of providing support – threatening the boy that he would get into trouble with the police if he reported the assaults to anyone.

The other boy was also indecently assaulted during a visit to Wells’ cottage in Clevedon after being given alcohol – an incident which has troubled him all his adult life.

After sentencing, His Honour Judge Horton awarded the investigating officer, DC Stephen Milkins, a Crown Court Commendation.

Wells showed no remorse or regret

DC Milkins said: “These were blatant breaches of trust by Wells. Throughout the lengthy investigation and trial, Delena Wells has shown no remorse or regret for her actions and constantly denied the offences, despite the two victims independently coming forward and providing graphic detail of what happened to them.

“Delena Wells enacted her sexual desires and wishes on these young and vulnerable boys.  Both victims have lived with the memory of the appalling actions Wells subjected them to, however both have demonstrated great bravery throughout this complex investigation and trial.

“We hope that the sentence handed down by the court today will provide some closure for the victims and they can both move forward with their lives and families. While it’s unusual to see a female offender prosecuted for such offences, we hope the case will give victims of sexual abuse confidence to report it.”

You don’t have to speak to us. You can self-refer to The Bridge, a Sexual Assault Referral Centre available 24/7 365 days a year. Visit their website or call 0117 342 6999.

You can also visit thisisnotanexcuse.org for details of charities and organisations who are experts in supporting victims of sexual offences.