December 2008

Stroud pervert caged for sex attacks

A PERVERT who subjected four girls to appalling sexual abuse has been jailed indefinitely.

Anthony Blakeway, 65, first started grooming and molesting girls in 1962 and continued until May last year when the latest of his victims went to the police.

Judge Mark Horton sentenced Blakeway to indefinite imprisonment for public protection and told him he would not even be considered for parole for eight years.

A jury had convicted Blakeway, of Spring Lane, Thrupp, of two offences of rape, seven of indecent assault and three others of sexually assaulting children.

Jailing him Judge Horton said: “You are a dangerous paedophile who has spent a lifetime conceiving the devious and depraved abuse of any young girl who came into your path.”

Blakeway had patiently groomed girls, plying them with sweets before he began his assaults.

“In my opinion there is a significant risk to the public of your committing further serious offences which will cause serious harm to members of the public,” added the judge.

As well as the indefinite jail term the judge told Blakeway he will have to sign the sex offenders register for the rest of his life.

At the start of the trial prosecutor Lynne Matthews said Blakeway’s lifetime of sexual offending started to come to light when one of his victims told the police he had raped her.

Police investigations led to another teenage girl – and her boyfriend – making further allegations against Blakeway.

Local newspaper reporting of the case at that time prompted two more women to contact police.

Speaking after the case one of Blakeway’s victims said: “I am just so glad that he is on the sex offenders register at last.

“We just wanted him to be stopped – to be prevented from abusing any other girls in the future. We are not happy – but we are relieved.”

After Blakeway had been convicted his barrister Ruth Armstrong argued that it was not necessary to impose a sentence for public protection because by the time Blakeway was released he would be in his 70s and no longer a threat.

He suffers from osteo-arthritis, a calcified spine and angina and his poor health and age, combined with the Sexual Offences Prevention Order, would ensure the public was protected, she said.