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Paedophile jailed for rape of girls

derby crown court

derby crown court

A paedophile from Ilkeston has been jailed for 18 years for the rape of two young girls which blighted their childhood and left one pregnant as a teenager.

The man, who is in his 50s, was barred for life from working with children and was told by a judge that his actions suggested “a lifetime of unhappiness and pain” for the victims.

Judge John Burgess said he had considered a life sentence for the offender.

When he appeared at Derby Crown Court, the man admitted 23 counts of rape and indecent assault dating back to the late 1980s and into the 1990s.

Sitting at Derby Crown Court, the judge told him: “Their pain and anger is all too easily understood. The real extent of it one can only guess at.”

The court heard the abuse began when both girls were under 11. The judge banned him from ever trying to contact them and said the jail term could have reached 27 years.

But he said the offender admitted offences against one girl when questioned, saving her from having to give evidence at a trial. He then did the same about the other victim when police would not have been able to charge him with her abuse.

In a statement read to the court, one victim said: “He stole the innocence of my childhood.

“He made me pregnant. He made me stay quiet about what he did. I never wanted a child at that early age.”

The other girl said the abuse was so bad that her memory had blocked it.

She told the court: “The thought makes me physically sick. A significant sentence will give him the opportunity to reflect.”

Mark Watson, prosecuting, said one spoke of being told to close her eyes during the abuse or of having a pillow put over her face.

He began by touching the girls, performed sexual acts and ended up making them have sex. On one occasion, they were together in the room with him.

When one of the girls got pregnant, he told her to deny he was to blame, added Mr Watson.

Lisa Hardy, mitigating, said he had stayed out of trouble for 22 years since the abuse. He had a difficult childhood which led to “a warping of sexual perceptions.”

He now understood the upset he had caused and always expected the offences would come to light.

Mrs Hardy said: “Every time a car he does not recognise is pulling up outside his address, he wonders whether it is the CID and whether he will be arrested.

“He has tried to live his life in a law-abiding way.

“He doesn’t commit offences, he is not a risk and is trying to do some good.”

He wanted the victims to know he was “genuinely sorry,” she added.

 
 
 

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