Still on our streets: Other paedophiles spared jail by Britain’s courts this year

Published July 11, 2013 by JS2

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Paedophile: Matthew Thain, of south-east London, breached the terms of his suspended sentence

A renowned gymnastics coach who abused students as young as six over 40 years avoided jail for a second time last month.

Robert ‘Bob’ Bellew, 66, of New Cross, south-east London, admitted attacking girls at schools and gyms across the country, but was given a 15-month suspended prison sentence in April after a judge said he had shown remorse.

Three senior judges at London’s Appeal Court then rejected a bid by the Solicitor General, Oliver Heald QC, to jail Bellew at the second time of asking and to increase his sentence.

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A man who sexually abused two little girls as they picked fruit at his allotment avoided jail in April because a judge ruled it would be unfair to the attacker’s own family.

Gary Karn, 48, of Norwich, Norfolk, inappropriately touched his victims, aged seven and eight, after inviting them into his greenhouse to help themselves to raspberries as they played at nearby allotments owned by one of their fathers. But he escaped with a suspended sentence.

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A paedophile spared jail for molesting a toddler and a schoolgirl walked free again earlier this month despite lying to police about meeting the young sister of a girlfriend.

Matthew Thain, 21, of Camberwell, south-east London, also breached the terms of his suspended sentence by getting in touch with one of his former victims.

Thain escaped jail in 2010 after a judge ruled intensive supervision would protect other children from the teenage paedophile.

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