August 2009

Paedophile jailed for abusing boy, 12

A PAEDOPHILE who systematically abused a young boy was yesterday jailed for 12 years after a judge told him: “You’ve stolen his childhood and ruined his life.”

Robert Guy will be on an extended licence for five years after his release so he can be monitored, because experts consider that the 46-year-old is a high risk to children.

Wheelchair-user Guy was given a three-year community rehabilitation order five years ago for sexually assaulting girls during the late Seventies and early Eighties.

The offences against the boy were committed in the early part of this decade in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, but only came to light in August of last year.

Teesside Crown Court heard how the victim had been warned by Guy that he (the youngster) would get into trouble if he told anyone what was happening.

But last summer, the boy told a social worker that he was no longer frightened of his attacker, and confessed to the abuse. Guy was arrested but denied the offences.

Guy, a former CCTV operator for Darlington Borough Council, maintained his innocence until he pleaded guilty at court appearance in June.

At an earlier hearing, he had to be taken to hospital after an angina attack, but on his next date he admitted three specimen charges of rape and three of indecent assault.

His barrister, Scott Smith, told the court yesterday: “While it will be of little comfort to the victim, he has asked me in open court to express his sincere sorrow and regret.”

As Guy was led away in his wheelchair past a packed public gallery to start his life behind bars, a woman shouted: “I hope you rot”, and a man shouted: “Die”.

Judge Peter Armstrong told Guy: “The effect on your victim can’t be underestimated.

You have effectively stolen his childhood and potentially ruined his life.

“There is an element of grooming of this young boy, and you threatened him into not speaking up – the indicators are that you are clearly a recidivist sexual offender.”

Guy, of Alnwick Close, Ferryhill, County Durham, was banned from working with children indefinitely and put on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Judge Armstrong said he would have jailed Guy for 16 years had he continued to deny the offences and forced the boy to relive his ordeal by giving evidence at a trial.