February 2016

80-year-old paedophile jailed for another 11 years

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A SERIAL sex offender aged 80 whose home was a “honeypot for young teenagers” has been jailed for 11 years for “depraved” offences against three girls.

He is already serving a nine-year sentence for offences against two other girls – meaning his overall prison terms total 20 years.

Ronald Carmichael, formerly of Grimsby, denied 15 offences, including one of rape and 14 of indecent assault, dating back to the 1980s and 1990s, but was convicted by a jury after a trial at Hull Crown Court.

He will serve his latest prison sentence consecutively to the nine-year term he was given on August 15, 2011, for seven offences of indecent assault on two other girls.

He was convicted after a trial at Grimsby Crown Court on that occasion.

Judge Kate Buckingham said that the offences against a total of five girls represented a “course of conduct” over a number of years.

Nine of the offences in the second trial, including rape, were against one girl in Grimsby and involved a “prolonged course of sexual abuse”.

Carmichael told her to shut up and that nobody would believe her.

“She felt disgusted and sick,” said Judge Buckingham.

The girl had suffered “significant psychological harm” and her distress was obvious when she gave evidence to the jury.

“It had a profound and far-reaching effect upon her life,” added Judge Buckingham.

Four other offences were against a second girl and two others were against a third.

Carmichael’s then home had been a “honeypot for young teenagers” and this made it easier for him to have access to the victims.

He had been asked to stop his behaviour on a number of occasions but was “persistent about it” during his “appalling offending”, said Judge Buckingham.

He continues to be supported by the majority of his family

Carmichael was given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and was told to register as a sex offender indefinitely.

August 2011

OAP jailed for sex abuse

PENSIONER Ronald Carmichael has been jailed for nine years after indecently assaulting two young girls – “ruining the life” of one and causing “extreme damage” to the other.

Carmichael, 75, of Walmsgate Walk, Grimsby, denied one offence of rape and seven of indecent assault.

He was convicted by a jury after a trial at Grimsby Crown Court of the seven indecent assault offences. Some of the verdicts were on 11 to one or 10 to two majority decisions. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the rape matter and the charge will now lie on file.

Caroline Wigin, prosecuting, told the court: “These were serious offences over a long period involving two girls.”

Carmichael took advantage of the girls to indulge in sexual activity with them on a number of occasions. One of the girls had been left so traumatised by her ordeal that it was a long time before she felt able to report it and make an official complaint.

Recorder Euan Duff told Carmichael: “This was repeat sexual offending against two young girls aged then under 13. Your conduct and the damage you have caused is so serious that only a substantial custodial sentence is possible.

“Abuse of this type causes enormous damage to children who are abused.”

He said of the first victim: “You have ruined her life.” The second girl had been caused “extreme damage”.

Carmichael was given an indefinite sexual offences prevention order and was told to register as a sex offender for life.

Craig Lowe, mitigating after the verdicts, said Carmichael had previous convictions, including for dishonesty, but none for sexual or violence offences. It would be his first taste of prison.

He suffered from asthma and would find prison particularly difficult, Mr Lowe said. Carmichael had been in custody since Friday, when the first of the guilty verdicts were returned.