September 2011

Man jailed two decades after he abused girl

A MAN who sexually assaulted a child has been brought to justice 20 years after the attack.

Ron Albert Binks, 44, has been jailed for indecently assaulting the 6-year-old girl he was babysitting.

Hull Crown Court heard Binks threatened to kill the child’s mother if the little girl told anyone about the attack.

The former security guard was working as a painter and decorator at the time of the assault more than 20 years ago.

Recorder Alistair McDonald QC sentenced Binks to seven years’ imprisonment after describing the attack as “grotesque”.

Detective Inspector Alan Bentham, of Humberside Police’s public protection unit, said: “I am pleased with the sentence, which reflects the serious nature of these offences.

“The victim has lived with his actions for too long and has been extremely brave in coming to the police.”

Binks was working as a binman for Hull City Council before his arrest.

His victim contacted the police last year to report the assaults. She told them Binks had targeted her while he was babysitting so her mother could go to work.

Binks, of Kimmeridge Close, Bransholme, admitted he babysat for her, but denied he sexually assaulted her.

He was convicted by a jury of seven counts of indecent assault and indecency with a child.

He was cleared of a count of attempted rape.

Recorder McDonald said: “The aggravating features are this was a long time ago and threats were made to kill her mother.

“Your victim had to live with this for a long time. She has shown great courage.

“While you were getting on with your life, she has not been able to get on with hers.

“I’m quite satisfied you took grotesque advantage of a vulnerable young girl to satisfy your sexual desires.

“It was a wholesale course of sexual misconduct.

“She has been badly scarred by this offending. This was a grotesque breach of trust.”

Binks has also been given a sexual offences prevention order banning him from unsupervised contact with children unless he has permission from social services.

He was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.

Detective Inspector Alan Bentham warned there will be no hiding place for people who prey on children.

He said: “Following a thorough investigation by detectives from Hull’s public protection unit, Ron Binks is now paying the price for committing historical sexual offences.

“We will continue to pursue offenders who offend against children, and this sentence should serve as a warning to them.”