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Beach café owner was ‘manipulative and dangerous’ paedophile

Published February 12, 2015 by misty534


A ‘MANIPULATIVE’ and ‘dangerous’ paedophile is facing life behind bars – the first life sentence ever to be imposed on a rapist by a Jersey court.

Ian Stafford Bartlett (55), who admitted a string of sex offences, will serve a minimum of ten years and can only be released when authorities decide that he no longer poses a threat to young girls.

His prolonged campaign of abuse was yesterday described as the worst case of a sustained sexual abuse on a single victim that has ever come before the Island’s courts.

Bartlett will be able to apply for release after ten years in prison, but even if he is released the 55-year-old will remain on licence, giving the authorities powers to monitor him for the rest of his life.

Dressed in a blue suit and flanked by prison guards, Bartlett gave no reaction as the sentence was passed by the Royal Court yesterday.

The former owner of the Bonne Nuit Thai Beach Café had admitted rape, inciting acts of gross indecency and indecent assault all against the same victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, over a period of several years. He also pleaded guilty to downloading more than 3,000 illegal images and videos of child abuse.

The Superior Number of the Royal Court – which is only convened for the most serious cases – heard that Bartlett, who had previously received psychiatric help due to his sexual interest in young girls, had a ‘proven capacity to lie to professionals’ and that he was at high risk of ‘sexual re-conviction’.

A statement from the victim was also read to the court. It said: ‘The most important thing is he took away my childhood.

‘A childhood is the moment in everybody’s life that they want to go backto and remember the most, but I just want to forget mine.’

Outlining the case Crown Advocate Richard Pedley said: ‘This is the worst case of a sustained sexual abuse on a single victim that has ever come before the Island courts.’

The court heard that Bartlett had three prior incidents of ‘sexual misbehaviour’ between 1986 and 1995 all of which had been dealt with by parish hall inquiry. These included him hiding in a bush outside a school and performing a solo sex act.

After being caught on another occasion in 1995, he told police that he had sexual fantasies about girls and said: ‘I’ve been watching children all over the Island.’

On two of these occasions Bartlett accepted psychiatric help.

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Ian Bartlett has been jailed for life for raping and abusing a young girl over a period of several years

A psychological report by Dr David Briggs said that Bartlett had a ‘proven capacity to lie to professionals’ and that he did not know if any future treatment was ‘likely to be effective’.

And a report by the Probation Service said that Bartlett was a ‘highly manipulative’ and ‘highly dangerous’ individual who had partly blamed his victim for the abuse.

Advocate Pedley told the court: ‘The Crown submits that only a life sentence can provide the necessary protection from the danger the defendant poses to female children.

‘To make an assessment as to whether it is safe for the defendant to be released following a determinate sentence is not possible. He needs prolonged expert assessment and treatment.’

Advocate Adam Harrison, defending, said that the offences were ‘not sufficient’ for a life sentence to be justified.

He added that his client should be given credit for co-operating with police and for his early guilty pleas.

The Bailiff, William Bailhache, told Bartlett: ‘The reasons for the court’s decision [on giving a life sentence] will be handed down as soon as possible.’

He also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the electronic devices which contained the indecent images.

Jurats Geoffrey Fisher, Suzanne Marett-Crosby, Paul Nicolle, Sylvia Milner, John Le Breton and Stanley Le Cornu were sitting.

Jersey Evening Post

Man jailed for life for sexual abuse spanning four decades

Published November 29, 2014 by misty534


Judge condemned his ‘breathtaking depravity’

A MAN from Strood has been sentenced to life in prison after he admitted a 34-year catalogue of sexual abuse on girls as young as six.

Richard Songhurst was sentenced by a judge at Maidstone Crown Court on 28 November after he pleaded guilty to 29 sexual offences across Strood and the Isle of Grain on 17 October in what the judge described as ‘one of the worst cases imaginable’.

Songhurst’s depravity only came to light when one of his victims plucked up the courage to come forward to police in 2013 – more than three decades after he began abusing.

The 50-year-old systematically abused one of his victims from primary school age and began raping her from as young as ten. At one point he was abusing her every day and forcing her into sexual activity with other children while he watched.

Specialist detectives from Kent Police began investigating and uncovered four other victims over four decades, all of whom had been abused before they turned ten. The youngest was just six when Songhurst assaulted her. Officers spent months tracing back Songhurst’s activities and building up a dossier of evidence against him.

Songhurst was arrested on 20 October last year and confronted about his crimes. He told detectives that he felt his abuse had created an ‘intimacy’ with his victims.

He was charged with seven counts of rape and 22 counts of various sexual assault on children under the age of 13 and remanded to court.

Sentencing him to life in prison with a minimum tariff of seven-and-a-half years, Judge David Griffiths-Jones described the offences as demonstrating ‘breathtaking depravity’ and said the case was ‘one of the worst cases imaginable of its times to come before this court’.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable John Milham, said: “Richard Songhurst’s sexual abuse of children has spanned four decades. He abused children from at least the early 1980s right up until the present day.

“Songhurst coerced, conditioned and manipulated his victims for many years, until one found the strength to approach police. She came forward out of fear that Songhurst would be abusing another child. When we began to investigate, we uncovered a sickening history and these charges cover at least 100 incidents, many of them rapes of children.

“Songhurst told us in interview that he thought his actions had created a special bond between him and his victims. Nothing could be further from the truth. His crimes have had a devastating impact on his victims and that can never be taken back.

“I would like to pay tribute to all the victims who found the strength to stop Songhurst’s reign of abuse. If they hadn’t, I am of the opinion that he would certainly have continued to sexually abuse other children.

“This was a complex, harrowing and extensive investigation and I welcome the news Songhurst will be behind bars where children can be safe from his depravity.”

Det Con Milham added: “Kent Police has several specialist Child Protection Teams across the county, If anyone knows of a child being abused or if someone reading this hers been the victim of child abuse then I urge you to contact Kent Police on 101. You will always be listened to and treated with the utmost sensitivity and compassion.’

Wirral paedophile predator jailed for life

Published August 5, 2013 by misty534

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A paedophile predator who sexually abused eight young girls over a 20-year period, has been put behind bars for life.

54-year-old Phillip Taylor, befriended the parents of his victims, the youngest only three years old, so they trusted him to look after their offspring.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that sadly their trust was misplaced and while alone with the children he bathed them, touched their naked bodies, and even filmed himself abusing them.

Taylor, a married father-of-two, was caught out after one of his young victims innocently told her father that the way he was rubbing cream into her body was not the way “Philly” did it before demonstrating what he had done to her.

The court was told that complaints had been made about Taylor in 2000 but he denied the allegations made by two teenagers and the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to prosecute.

When police raided his home on Bratan Road, Birkenhead, after learning of the new allegations they found video clips on a memory stick of him actually abusing his victims, along with 2,000 of child abuse images, said John Gibson, prosecuting.

Taylor, a painter and decorator, pleaded guilty to a total of 58 offences involving sexual assaults and possessing and making indecent images of children.

The court heard that the most serious offences involved children aged three, four and five and the eldest victim was only 13.

Judge Stephen Everett told him, “You were outwardly a picture of respectability, a man who had never been in trouble before.

“A picture of respectability and believability and somebody to be trusted. You grossly abused that trust for your own deviant sexual pleasure.

“I have little doubt you have no inkling at all as to the trauma you have caused those families.

“You are in my judgement cold and calculating.

“You are paedophilic predator who groomed not just the girls but also their parents to trust you to look after their children which allowed you abuse those little girls.

“I have little doubt if you had not been caught you would have been willing to continue this despicable behaviour for many, many years.

“There is little doubt in my mind and my judgement from all I have heard and seen is that you will remain a dangerous offender for many, many, many years to come.

“It may be you will always remain a dangerous offender until the end of your life.”

He jailed Taylor for life and told him he must serve a minimum of seven-and-a-half years before he could be considered for parole.

But the judge warned him that in reality he would be locked up for a lot longer than that.

“I would not be surprised to see you in prison for the rest of your life but that will be a matter between you and the parole board,” he said.

Detective Cons Mike Gallagher, from Merseyside Police Child Protection Unit, said: “He thought he could get away with it so did it time and time again, causing untold sadness and fear in his victims.

“His successful prosecution shows that he did not get away with it in the end and is now facing much of the rest of his life behind bars.”



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