Francesca Levett recently prosecuted Emily Sweetland at Canterbury Crown Court for 11 offences of sexual assault committed in Canterbury.

Emily Sweetland, who wanted to be referred to as Elliot, was sentenced to three years in custody and will also be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and a Criminal Behaviour Order. The details of which, will be determined at a further hearing in July.

Canterbury Crown Court heard the attacks took place from April 3 2019, until Sweetland was arrested on April 6.

The first assault happened in Thanet, on April 3, when two teenage girls were touched sexually without their consent. Sweetland was released on bail.

Two days later, in Canterbury, five girls aged between 12 and 15, and a woman, were attacked by Sweetland.

Sweetland was arrested on the evening of Saturday, April 6, following sexual assaults in Ramsgate on three more victims – two women and a 13-year-old girl.

An NSPCC spokesperson said: “Sweetland has shown nothing but disdain for her victims in court, compounding the trauma they have already experienced.

"We hope they are receiving support to get their lives back on track.

“These actions were opportunistic and predatory and it is vital that Sweetland undergoes rehabilitation to minimise the risk she poses to the public.”

The case was reported in the KentOnline and can be read in full here.

Francesca is a criminal practitioner who has developed a significant practice in complex fraud, confiscation and regulatory work over the last twenty-one years, whilst maintaining her expertise in cases involving serious sexual, violence and drugs offences. Francesca both defends and prosecutes, and also undertakes work on behalf of a number of local authorities in pursuing the more complex regulatory prosecutions.