September 2004

Paedophile jailed 30 years after attacks

A paedophile who attacked a young girl more than 30 years ago was jailed for three and a half years today.

Married father of two and grandfather Frank Newberry, 66, carried out a series of sex attacks on a 13-year-old after meeting her at riding stables, London’s Wood Green Crown Court heard.

The victim, now a 45-year-old successful businesswoman, says she was raped on several occasions and indecently assaulted over a 12-month period between 1972 and 1973 in Enfield, north London.

Newberry, from Royston, Hertfordshire, pleaded guilty to four counts of indecent assault when he appeared in court in July this year.

Four counts of rape are to lie on file.

Laura Brickman, defending, said Newberry admitted there had been about eight incidents of sexual contact or sexual intercourse but “not to the extent the complainant says that occurred”.

The court heard that the retired electrician, who had a daughter of a similar age at the time of the attacks, was a “well-known character in the horse world”.

The case only came to light after police in Enfield were contacted by the victim in 2002. Due to the passing of time, officers thought they may never trace Newberry but they eventually tracked him down in Bedfordshire.

Kim Whittlestone, prosecuting, told the court the victim remembered between six and 15 offences taking place after she met Newberry at the Hollyhill Farm Stables in Enfield in the early 1970s.

The victim told police she had been too scared to tell her parents what was happening and when she told friends they treated it as a “joke”.

Newberry also told her not to tell anybody, the court heard, and it was only when she was 18 that she confided in her then-boyfriend.

Sentencing Newberry, Judge Mervyn Roberts said Newberry had been charged with rape but his pleas to indecent assault had been accepted.

He said Newberry would remain on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely and that the offences were a “serious abuse of a young girl” and must act as punishment to him and as a deterrent to others.