June 2011

Child rapist jailed for 14 years

A PAEDOPHILE who raped and sexually abused three young girls over almost a decade has been jailed for 14 years.

Nigel Edwards’ catalogue of abuse against the girls – the youngest being just 11-years-old at the time – began in 2001.

But his offending was finally exposed when one of his victims broke down in tears during a school exam last November and confided in a teacher.

At Coventry Crown Court yesterday Edwards, from Whitley, was found guilty on five counts of rape, one attempted rape and three sexual assaults.

The jury returned unanimous verdicts on one rape, the attempted rape and two assaults, whilst the 44-year-old was convicted on an 11-1 majority verdict on the remaining charges.

Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Ryan Chambers from Coventry Police’s Public Protection Unit, said: “We welcome this lengthy prison sentence…Edwards’ offences were a shocking breach of trust against children known to him.

“The effect on the children involved cannot be underestimated and if it was not for their courage in coming forward then Edwards may have continued getting away with the abuse for longer than he did.

“The victims now have closure on what was a prolonged ordeal and they can now set about rebuilding their lives.

“The case highlights how it’s never too late to report offences as we can investigate and prosecute abuse that may have occurred several years ago.

“I’d encourage any victims of abuse to come forward: we have specialist officers trained to sympathetically care for victims and guide them through the investigation and court process.”