August 2019

‘Vile’ and ‘wicked’guilty of further offences

A ‘vile’ and ‘wicked’ paedophile sexually abused children after promising to show them ‘magic tricks’, a court heard.

Remorseless Robert Jackson was given a 21-year prison sentence in 2009 after being found guilty of 53 counts of child sex abuse against 12 young girls.

Now Jackson, 59, has been handed a five-year jail term after another victim came forward.

The victim, now a mother, said her ordeal has affected her behaviour towards her children and that she won’t let them play out unless they have a panic alarm.

A jury unanimously found Jackson guilty of indecency with a child and indecent assault following a Manchester Crown Court trial.

The 21-year and five year sentences will run concurrently, but the latest sentence will affect Jackson’s ability to apply for parole.

“There’s absolutely no sign to me of any change in you, and no sign of any remorse,” Judge Timothy Smith told Jackson

His barrister told the court his client would have been entitled to apply for his potential release in 10 days.

Sentencing, Judge Timothy Smith described Jackson as ‘devious’ and ‘predatory’, and said he has continued to show ‘absolutely no remorse’.

Judge Smith told Jackson: “You, until 2009, were a man ostensibly of good character.

“The lack of previous convictions recorded against you hid what was the true position, that you were a serial child abuser.

“Yours was vile, abhorrent and wicked behaviour to young children over a protracted period of time.

“You are somebody who was clearly a danger to young children.

“There’s absolutely no sign to me of any change in you, and no sign of any remorse.”

Jackson was jailed in 2009 for offences of indecency with a child; indecent assault; rape; and attempted rape.

He abused his victims while living in south Manchester.

The offences stretched from 1980 to the 2000s.

Jackson was arrested in October 2008.

By the time he was detained, he had moved away from Manchester and was living at Northfield Avenue, Pontefract, West Yorkshire.

The court heard that before abusing his victim, Jackson told the girl he was going to show her ‘magic tricks’, and said he was going to show ‘how babies were made’.

“Those were not tricks, they were far from magic,” Judge Smith told him.

In a statement read on behalf of the victim in this trial, she said the case has brought ‘horrible memories back’.

Jackson’s five year jail term will run alongside his 21 year sentence.

But the sentence will have an effect on his ability to apply for parole. The court heard his previous release date was expected to be February 2023.

Jackson was already ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life in 2009.

December 2009

Child rapist gets 21 years

A PAEDOPHILE who raped and abused children over quarter of a century has been jailed for 21 years.

Robert Jackson was found guilty of 53 counts of child sex abuse against 12 young girls after a month’s trial in October. Jackson, 50, committed indecency, indecent assaults, rapes and attempted rapes.

As he was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court today, 37 people in the public gallery, including family members and victims, burst into applause and cheered. One man threw a full drinks bottle at the defendant, which bounced off the glass surrounding the dock. During his trial, the jury heard that road worker Jackson molested his victims while living in West Didsbury and Wythenshawe.

The offences stretched from 1980 to this decade. He was arrested in October, 2008. At the time of his arrest he had moved away from Manchester and was living at Northfield Avenue, Pontefract.

For years Jackson concealed his true nature behind the image of a caring churchgoer and amateur football referee. Even now, Jackson denies any wrongdoing. As he was sentenced, Jackson, wearing a blue shirt and grey suit, showed no emotion.


Judge Robert Atherton jailed him for 21 years and told him: “What is particularly harrowing about these offences is that you knew they were children and you worked it out so that your sexual behaviour was put to them as a game.

“The failure to acknowledge what you have done, and the misery which you caused to these children continues, so that in my view you are a dangerous man where children are concerned.

“There is a very, very serious, significant risk that you will commit further offences and they will result in serious psychological harm.” Jackson must also sign the sex offenders’ register for life.