Cranleigh man jailed for sex attacks


A Cranleigh man who sexually abused two young girls at his former Crawley home has been sentenced to five years in jail.

Robert Arklie, 66, formerly of Seaford Road, Broadfield, in Crawley, was found guilty of two counts of sexually assaulting one girl and two counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual penetration on the other girl after a five-day trial at Hove Crown Court on Friday July 12.

The girls were aged between seven and nine-years-old when the attacks took place between 2004 and 2006.

Arklie, now of Glebe Road, Cranleigh, Surrey, was also ordered to be a registered sex offender for life on his release from prison.

Detective Constable Dani Flude said: “The victims were very brave to come forward.

“They had to overcome a very natural human barrier to disclosing what had happened to them, and we ensured they received proper welfare and support so that they could give evidence in court and help ensure that justice was done.

“It is another example of the way in which the criminal justice system will support victims of such offences however long ago they happened.”