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Veteran likely to die in prison for child sex attacks

Published July 24, 2013 by misty534


A DEPRAVED veteran who raped and abused young girls over a period of 45 years has been jailed for 12 years.


David Kendrick appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court for sentencing after being found guilty by a jury of 33 counts of sexual abuse.

The 81-year-old was found guilty of two counts of attempted rape along with a catalogue of other charges.

He used pocket money and sweets to buy his victims’ silence and had also convinced them that the abuse was normal.

One of Kendrick’s victims was two years old at the time of the attacks.

But the jury was told he targeted girls aged between five and 14.

The court heard how Kendrick, from Bedhampton Place, Havant, abused nine different children, switching child when they threatened to speak out.

He used his good standing in the community to hide the attacks, which started in 1955.

Kendrick served for many years in the RAF, later becoming a bus driver and a milkman.

Defending Sarah Jones said: ‘He said and will say that he loved every single one of his victims.

‘His love was just, in these respects, entirely deviant.’

She added: ‘What this was, was misguided and self-serving demonstrations of his love and undoubtedly, what he has found most difficult to accept, to meet his own desires.’

The court heard about Kendrick’s health issues and a recent suicide attempt.

The defence added: ‘He’s a man in his 80s, a man who had done a great deal of charity work and served in the forces.

‘He will now die in prison without any family support or concern and with significant difficulties physically.’

Judge Roger Hetherington said: ‘The effect on many of these girls was devastating. Several gave evidence about the real difficulties they have experienced in the rest of their lives especially when it comes to trust.

‘Many had buried the experiences but this trial has brought it all back.

‘The real gravity in this case is that you committed so many offences against so many victims over such a long period of time.’

Judge Hetherington sentenced Kendrick to 12 years in prison for each of the two rape charges, to run concurrently.

He gave him the maximum prison terms for all the other offences, to run at the same time, meaning he will serve a minimum of six years.


PAEDOPHILE Kendrick was brought to justice following a police investigation launched after one of his victims walked into Chichester police station and reported the crimes in 2011.

PC Darren Lammas said: ‘Hampshire Constabulary is committed to getting justice for victims of sexual abuse.

‘This was a complex case with offences occurring over a period of around 50 years. We’d like to thank the victims for their courage in giving evidence to secure Kendrick’s conviction.

‘It’s also important to recognise and thank several partner agencies, including the Victim Support Witness Service at Portsmouth Crown Court, for their involvement.’


by Kimberley Barber

Paedophile hacked into teenage girls’ Facebook accounts to lure boys as young as nine to perform sex acts for him

Published May 29, 2013 by misty534



  • Francis Knight, 31, hacked into or cloned teenage girls’ Facebook accounts
  • Used them to pose as a girl and contact young boys online, court heard
  • One innocent girl whose account Knight hacked forced to change schools
  • Knight admitted contacting around 250 young boys over two years
  • ‘Calculated and artful’ former Tesco worker jailed for 16 months

A paedophile stole teenage girls’ identities from Facebook and used them to persuade boys as young as nine to perform sex acts for him.

‘Manipulative’ Francis Knight, 31, who befriended his victims by posing as girls whose accounts he had either hacked or cloned, contacted as many as 250 children online, a court heard.

As Knight, from Portsmouth, was jailed for 16 months, it emerged one girl whose Facebook account he hacked was forced to change schools because of the stigma of the case.

The cases of six victims, aged from nine to 13, were outlined at Portsmouth Crown Court.

But Knight, described as ‘calculated and artful’ by a judge, admitted he had contacted around 250 youngsters over a period of two years.

Even after the former Tesco worker had been arrested and charged he carried on offending, the court heard.

Prosecutor Jane Terry said Knight would send friend requests, under cloned identities, over Facebook to a group of people who knew each other.

She added that he wanted to lull his victims into a false sense of security by leading them to believe they had mutual online friends.

The court heard Knight even made some boys perform sex acts with friends while he watched via a webcam, all the while pretending he was a girl.

Judge John Dixon jailed Knight for 16 months after he admitted 18 charges of inciting boys aged under 14 to engage in sexual activity, and making indecent images of children.

Judge Dixon said: ‘These incidents caused considerable distress.

‘What’s worse is that in those online exchanges you had with those boys you deceived them with a one-way webcam.

‘In effect you could see them but they could not see you.

‘You were masquerading as teenage girls and, if that was not bad enough, you then went on to commit a further eight offences whilst on bail.

‘It is difficult to assess the worst aspect. The deception certainly left the victims ashamed of themselves, and their parents distressed and upset,’ Judge Dixon added.

He said Knight was a ‘manipulative individual’ with a predilection for young children.

'Manipulative individual': The former Tesco worker was jailed for six months after admitting inciting children to engage in sexual activity and making indecent images of childre‘Manipulative individual’: The former Tesco worker was jailed for six months at Portsmouth Crown Court after admitting inciting children to engage in sexual activity and making indecent images of children

Parents of some of the boys sobbed as they heard evidence of what Knight forced their children to do on camera.

One mother was so distressed she had to leave the courtroom.

Detectives from a specialist paedophile unit interviewed all those who had been contacted by Knight.

Around half were from Hampshire with the rest from Manchester.

Detective Sergeant Richard Wheeler, of Portsmouth CID, said it had been a long and complex operation, with officers sifting through vast amounts of technical data in order to identify victims.

He said: ‘It should not be forgotten that the effect of this offending can be both damaging and long-lasting.

‘I would like to praise the children who have shown courage throughout this investigation and provided evidence to form the basis of the prosecution case.’


By Kerry McDermott

A VIOLENT sex offender has been missing for four months

Published March 28, 2013 by misty534

Hampshire police warn public not to approach James Campbell



A VIOLENT sex offender has been missing for four months- and police are now appealing for the public’s help to locate him.

41-year-old James Alexander Campbell failed to register his address with the authorities since he was last seen in Portsmouth on November 19, 2012 when he was released from court over an unrelated charge of shoplifting.

Mr Campbell is described as white, clean shaven, 5 ft 5 ins tall, of average build, with short cropped greying hair with hazel eyes with a cast in his right eye.

He has numerous tattoos including a heavily tattooed left hand and forearm, the word JIMMY on his right forearm, UNDERDOG written across stomach, and a swallow at the base of his right thumb.

He speaks with a Scottish accent.

Acting Detective Inspector Pauline Prior of Hampshire Constabulary‘s Public Protection Department said: “We have no information at the moment to suggest Mr Campbell is suspected of committing any further crimes or posing an immediate threat to any members of the public.


“However, we are clearly concerned about a registered sex offender, with a record of violence, who has not made any contact with police over the past four months. Under law, Mr Campbell must tell us where he is living.

“A wide range of enquiries and leads have been pursued since November, but the 41-year-old’s precise whereabouts remain unknown.

“What we do know is that Mr Campbell has links with the Yorkshire and Manchester areas, as well as Hampshire.

“Our investigation so far also suggests he visited the Devon and Cornwall area, specifically Penzance, shortly after he went missing in November 2012.

“Detectives appreciate the assistance of people and organisations that have helped us over the past four months. Although their co-operation has been useful, we are now in a position where a widespread public appeal is the next step in the investigation.

“Mr Campbell is not regarded as an immediate danger to the public, but because he has been violent in the past, our advice is that members of the public should not approach the 41-year-old if they see him.

“Any sightings should be reported to the police immediately by phoning 101 or 999 if it’s an emergency.

“Anyone else with information is asked to come forward, particularly if you think you have seen Mr Campbell or had recent contact with him.”

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact the Hampshire Constabulary Force Enquiry Centre on 101 – asking to leave a message for the duty Detective Sergeant in the Hampshire Constabulary Public Protection team at Havant Police Station or to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.