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‘Callous’ sex offender locked up

Published July 19, 2013 by misty534

SEX offender David Ward has been jailed for 13 years – and branded “manipulative and callous” – after being convicted of a string of sexual abuse against a girl.

He repeatedly targeted the young girl during very unpleasant incidents, a court heard.

  1. JAILED:  David Ward has been locked up for 13 years.

    JAILED: David Ward has been locked up for 13 years.

Ward, 44, formerly of Wymark View, Grimsby, was convicted by a jury of nine sexual offences, including two of rape and others of sexual assault and causing or inciting sexual acts.

He was cleared at Grimsby Crown Court of another 12 sexual offences.

Two of the guilty verdicts were on majorities of 10 to two and another was by a majority of 11 to one.

Ward was given an indefinite sexual offences prevention order and must register as a sex offender for life.

After the hearing, investigating officer Detective Constable Julian McGill, of the police’s public protection team, said the offences were “appalling” and he praised the victim for showing “courage and strength” in coming forward to report the matters.

He said: “She can now, with the help and support of her family, look to the future.

“Despite what she has endured, she remains a remarkably optimistic young woman with a promising life ahead of her – a life now free from the control of David Ward.

“Throughout the investigation and trial, Ward has shown himself to be a manipulative and callous individual.

“He clearly presents a danger to the public and, thankfully, that risk has now been removed and he is now where he belongs – in prison.”

Detective Sergeant John Shepherd said: “This sentence sends out a clear and reassuring message that the criminal justice system suitably punishes those who seek to abuse children sexually.

“This trial was the result of a lengthy police investigation, supported by colleagues from Children’s Social Care.

“None of this would have been possible without the victim and her family and I thank them for their co-operation.

“It does take immense courage for victims to come forward and face the additional stress which inevitably accompanies a criminal investigation.

“The police will always take this type of allegation very seriously and have specially-trained officers to support victims and their families through the investigation process.

“Anyone having concerns that a child may be subject to sexual abuse can report the matter direct to the police by telephoning 101.

“Alternatively, reports can be made via Children’s Social Care, Crimewatch, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) or Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP).

This is Grimsby

Droitwich hairdresser jailed for sexually assaulting boy

Published May 9, 2013 by misty534

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A HAIRDRESSER who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy at the salon where they were both working has been jailed for two and a half years.

Worcester Crown Court was told that David Lilburn was making good progress in custody and was now working as a prison barber.

Lilburn, aged 24, of Nunnery Avenue, Droitwich, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child and also indecently assaulting an 18-year-old in a bar.

Peter Grice, prosecuting, said Lilburn and the boy were alone at the end of business in December last year. The boy resisted advances made by Lilburn but was pushed to the floor and sexually assaulted.

The boy made no immediate complaint but the offence came to light a month later when Lilburn grabbed a teenager’s penis through his clothing as they drank in a bar.

Sabhia Pathan, defending, said Lilburn had a lifestyle fuelled by a cocktail of drink and drugs. He accepted his actions had put him in a precarious position but he had support from his family and friends.

Judge Daniel Pearce-Higgins QC accepted that Lilburn had not used force on the boy but there had been a degree of coercion. The law was designed to protect youngsters.

Lilburn had a disordered approach to life controlled by the use of drugs and alcohol. He needed a drug-free life.

The judge ordered Lilburn to sign the sex offender register and imposed a sexual offences prevention order. This restricts contact with any male under the age of 16.

 

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Paedophile ‘smoked pot in front of six children’

Published April 23, 2013 by misty534

A convicted paedophile smoked cannabis while discussing how to roll joints with youngsters playing on wasteland, a court heard.

Michael Burns, who is banned from having unsupervised contact with children, grabbed the hand of an 11-year-old boy, forcing him to take hold of his tobacco tin containing cannabis.

 

  1. During a hearing at Leicester Crown Court, Burns, of Regent Road, Leicester, admitted breaching a sex offences prevention order

    During a hearing at Leicester Crown Court, Burns, of Regent Road, Leicester, admitted breaching a sex offences prevention order

The boy panicked, dropped the tin and rode off on his bike.

Five other youngsters, aged between eight and 14, became frightened by Burns’ behaviour and pretended to play a game of tag so they could run off.

One of the children’s fathers then searched the area and found the defendant loitering around the wasteland, near Aylestone recreation ground, in Leicester.

The two men were involved in an altercation when police arrived at the scene.

During a hearing at Leicester Crown Court, Burns, of Regent Road, Leicester, admitted breaching a sex offences prevention order, by communicating with the children, on June 28 last year.

The 47-year-old also admitted possessing cannabis.

He was jailed for 15 months.

Judge Philip Head said: “It was a prolonged attempt to ingratiate himself with a group of children in breach of the court’s order.

“He was doing exactly what he was prohibited from doing.”

Victoria Rose, prosecuting, said Burns was jailed for eight months in 2003 for indecently assaulting a 12-year-old boy.

He was jailed again in 2010, when he was sentenced to 18 months for sexual activity with a boy under 16.

Helen Johnson, mitigating, said Burns was living in a hostel at the time and went to the wasteland to smoke cannabis in private.

She said: “He accepts when the children came over it was his responsibility to get up and leave. There was no sexual impropriety and no suggestion of it, and when he put the tobacco tin in the boy’s hand, it wasn’t sexual touching.

“He’s now in a committed relationship and only uses cannabis occasionally.”

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