Kitchen worker on sex charges

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A man accused of child cruelty and sex attacks on a young girl has made his first appearance at court.

James Jowitt is alleged to have ill-treated a girl and a boy, when they were aged between five and 10 years of age, by grabbing them by the throats and ramming their heads against objects or down the toilet.

Jowitt a 38-year-old kitchen worker, who gave his address as Glen Eldon Road, St Annes, pleaded not guilty to two offences of assaulting, ill-treating or neglecting a child.

He also denied two offences of sexually assaulting a girl.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between August 2008 and June this year. Prosecutor Jim Mowbray’s application that the case should be heard at crown court was not opposed by defence lawyer Jessica Partington.

Jowitt was bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on January 6 by Blackpool magistrates.

He must live at Salter’s Wharf, South Promenade, St Annes, and not have any unsupervised contact with children under 16, except for fleeting or inadvertent contact, unless by a person approved by Social Care, as conditions of his bail.