January 2012

Man who raped girl is jailed

A PAEDOPHILE who targeted a vulnerable teenage girl 30 years his junior has been jailed at Plymouth Crown Court.

Kevin Radmore, now 61, pictured above, befriended the girl at a church group in the late 1990s and was trusted by her family.

But he went on to rape her twice and commit seven indecent assaults against her in the following year.

Kelly Scrivener, for Radmore, said her client suffered from long-term depression, had twice attempted suicide following marriage break-ups and had not worked for many years due to health problems.

He had been diagnosed with severe bipolar disorder and suffered from worsening angina.

These conditions and being unable to see his family daily would make life in jail especially hard for him, she said.

The trial judge, Recorder Paul Dunkels QC, said the girl was very vulnerable and Radmore had identified this and exploited it. She was shy, had no father-figure in her life and had a difficult relationship with her mother.

He told Radmore: “Your purpose from the outset was to see how far you could pursue your sexual interest in her.

“You saw it as an opportunity to prey on a vulnerable young girl.”

He said Radmore had a history of indecent assaults on girls and young women.

Grey-haired Radmore, of Beaumont Road, Greenbank, showed no emotion as he was sentenced to a total of nine years in jail.

He leaned heavily on a stick as he was led away in handcuffs to begin his sentence.