February 2017: Mizon has now been released

 March 2011

Paedophile, 65, jailed after husband and wife realised they were BOTH attacked by him when they were children

A paedophile was caught after two children he abused grew up to marry each other and revealed the abuse they suffered.

Steven Mizon, 65, was jailed for 11 years after being found guilty of a catalogue of offences against both victims, including raping the girl.

Guildford Crown Court heard that he was only found out because, after their wedding the couple compared notes about their troubled childhood and realised they had each been abused by the same man.

A jury was told that for years the man who was involved with a youth club in Surrey had subjected the young boy to a catalogue of sex attacks before turning his attentions to the girl.

The discovery that they had both been victims of the same abuser led to Mizon being arrested and prosecuted for rape and child sex offences.

Throughout his ten-day trial the defendant denied 13 sample counts of indecent assault, one of indecency with a child and the rape.

Four of the alleged indecent assaults and the indecency with a child related to the male complainant.

The remaining nine indecent assault allegations and the charge of rape related to the girl.

He was acquitted of two of the assaults against the girl but found guilty of all the others.

The crimes were committed between 1984 and 1990 when the defendant was living in Merstham, near Redhill, Surrey.

The complainants later married and have three children. The victims confided in a relative who fired off an angry letter to Mizon.

Amazingly he wrote back apologising for the pain he caused and saying he would never forgive himself. His letter was used as a key piece of evidence in his trial.

Mr Alistair Sharpe prosecuting told the court that many of the charges covered ‘multiple offences’ by the same defendant.

He said that Mizon, from Littlehampton, West Sussex, told the girl ‘There are lots of men out there who would take advantage of you’, and added that he would show her how to deal with such people.

Judge Peter Moss described the defendant ‘as a controlling and dominant personality’  who had little insight into the damage he had done.