Man who used to work on donkey rides at seaside committed indecent assault

A man working on donkey rides – now living in Sleaford – groomed a teenage boy before indecently assaulting him, a jury at Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Geoffrey Garrett befriended the youngster back in 2002 and 2003 while working at the seaside.

Jeremy Janes, prosecuting saidhe had ‘worked on the donkeys at Skegness and Ingoldmells for over 20 years’.

He added: “Garrett would provide him with tobacco and alcohol.”

When Garrett was arrested he denied any sexual acts occurred. Garrett, 41, formerly of Skegness but now living in Orchard Close, Great Hale, was ruled unfit to stand trial due to mental health problems and was not present. A jury subsequently ruled on Monday that he committed the two acts of indecent assault alleged against him between June 2002 and August 2003. Garrett was also accused of two charges of rape and a further charge of indecent assault on a second teenage boy on dates between June 2008 and September 2010 - the jury cleared him of those matters. He was given a supervision order for 18 months and placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years. He was also given an indefinite sexual offences prevention order which prohibits him from unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 16.

Gordon Aspden, defending, said Garrett suffered from mental health problems and was found to be under a disability meaning he could not stand trial.