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Paedophile’s terrified victim ‘wanted to die’

Published August 7, 2013 by misty534

A PAEDOPHILE was jailed for nine years and told by a judge that his victim’s life had been blighted.

Six years of abuse only ended when she was in her mid-teens, leaving her suicidal and feeling helpless, a court heard.

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Judge Andrew Hamilton told 65-year-old Peter Widdowson: ”She has been robbed of her childhood. I am afraid there is nothing I can do to give that back.

”It was a most awful experience – there was nothing she could do to avoid it. Nobody can blame her whatsoever. She must feel no guilt whatsoever.”

Widdowson, of Brookside, Belper, admitted six charges of sexual abuse ending in 1992.

He was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register and banned from unsupervised contact with any girl under 16.

Gareth Gimson, prosecuting, said in a statement, the victim said: “I can remember saying ‘stop it’ but he kept going.

”He just ignored me when I said ‘stop it.’

“I just could not escape him.”

Mr Gimson told Nottingham Crown Court the victim was left feeling suicidal and described ”several times she wanted to die”.

He said: ”Her childhood was stolen from her. It scarred other relationships.

”She was feeling violated, terrified and terribly disempowered. He was initially trying to make it some sort of game.”

Gurdial Singh, for Widdowson, said he was not involved in religion at the time of the offences but told the judge: ”In 2000, he found God.

”He is now a religious man. He accepts he is going to go into custody and has come here with a bag today.

“He stands by his faith which has enabled him to come to terms with his criminality.

”He entered prompt guilty pleas at the first opportunity. He entered those pleas and avoided any trial.

”He is someone who is well thought of. He knows he is going to be punished,” added Mr Singh.

Widdowson had no previous convictions.

Detective Constable Emily Town, who investigated the case, said: ”I praise the bravery of the victim for finding the courage to come forward.

“I hope the sentence will allow her to put this behind her and move forward with her life.

”Being sent to prison reflects the severity of the crime. Derbyshire police always take reports of sexual abuse very seriously and offences like this, which were committed many years ago, will be investigated thoroughly,” she added.

During the hearing, the judge said Widdowson had to be sentenced under old laws because of the dates of the offences. It meant a ten-year term was the maximum.

But now the normal range of prison terms was between 11 and 17 years.

The judge added: ”It indicates the serious nature Parliament takes of people who commit this type of offence.”


Derby Telegraph

Dundee churchwarden jailed for sexually abusing an eight-year-old girl

Published May 16, 2013 by misty534


A Dundee churchwarden has been jailed for 16 months after admitting he twice sexually abused an eight-year-old girl.

Neil Morton carried out sex acts on the girl while he was looking after her for her parents.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard he attacked the girl twice over a 20 month period in a bedroom at his home in Dundee.

Jailing Morton, Sheriff Richard Davidson said it was “impossible to overstate the harm” he had done to the girl.

The court heard abuse only came to light after the girl told her parents that she didn’t want to go back to stay at Morton’s home again.

She later told police that Morton was “doing things that were wrong”.

Prison unavoidable

In a victim impact statement submitted to the court, the girl said she had been left “confused, embarrassed, scared and vulnerable” by the attacks.

Morton’s lawyer pleaded for him to be spared prison – and said he could be “better treated” on a community order.

But Sheriff Davidson told him a jail term was “unavoidable” for his “gross breach of trust”.

Morton, 65, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of sexually assaulting the girl on two occasions between 1 December 2010 and 12 July 2012.

Sheriff Richard Davidson jailed Morton for 16 months, ordered him to be monitored on his release for two years on an extended sentence, and put him on the sex offender’s register for 10 years.

Inexplicable behaviour

He said: “It is impossible to overstate the harm that you have done to this girl and the rest of her family in general.

“From your discussions with the psychologist who compiled a report I see you offer no explanation for your behaviour.”

He added: “It’s an extraordinarily sad state of affairs that you have got to your stage in life with no convictions, and that has been blown totally out of the water.

“But I can’t have children thinking this could happen to them without the appropriate punishment being imposed.”


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