November 2009

Bristol paedophile jailed indefinitely

A manipulative and dangerous Bristol paedophile has been jailed indefinitely for the protection of the public.

Nicholas Jacob, 59, admitted at least 14 sexual offences against boys and girls, as well as breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

As he sentenced Jacob yesterday, the Recorder of Bristol, Judge Neil Ford QC, recounted the horrifying crimes he had committed between 2005 and 2008.

Judge Ford branded him “manipulative, calculating, premeditating and persistent” and said he had been guilty of a “flagrant breach of trust”. He added: “You are a committed and determined paedophile who represents a real and continuing danger to children.”

The court heard a girl of about seven and a boy of 11 or 12 became two victims of his sexual touching.

He “rewarded” the boy with a mobile phone top-up card, Bristol Crown Court heard.

Judge Ford said: “You have caused confusion and distress and inner turmoil to him and I have read information he has struggled to come to terms with what you have done.”

On November 29 last year, Jacob committed five sexual assaults on a 10-year-old girl.

Judge Ford said: “You have left that child confused and disturbed – you have literally blighted her childhood.”

The court heard Jacob, of no fixed address, had been made the subject of a SOPO in 2005 that banned him from being in contact with children under 16.

Yet later that year, he drove his car with girls of nine and eight years inside.

The judge said Jacob had previous convictions for indecent assaults in 1993 and 1996 – sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for the latter – and had breached his SOPO before.

In a pre-sentence report, Jacob said he thought his behaviour towards boys and girls was “natural”.

He admitted all the offences at the earliest possible opportunity. He will only be considered for parole after six years in custody.

But Judge Ford warned: “In your case, you will never be released while it is considered that you represent a danger to children.”

If he is released, he will be subject to a SOPO for life, unless the Home Secretary decides otherwise.