November 2002

Pervert blamed children for abuse

A MAN who sexually abused two young children has been sentenced to nine years in prison. A MAN who sexually abused two young children has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Andrew Wellard (34) raped and indecently assaulted the young girl while the other child watched, Peterborough Crown Court was told.

Wellard, of Benland, Bretton, Peterborough, conducted a sickening campaign of sexual abuse on the children over several years, and even took pictures of himself doing it, said prosecutor Aidan Tevlin.

The crimes only came to light when his victims spoke to police in July of this year.

Mr Tevlin said the traumatised girl told police that Wellard forced her to touch him and made the other youngster watch.

The girl also said that Wellard had forced both of the children to watch pornographic films with him.

Wellard was arrested by police and made a statement which matched theclaims made by the girl.

But, incredibly, the court heard, he tried to shift some of the blame for the events on to the children.

Mr Tevlin said: “He tried to blame them, saying that they were the initiators of the sexual acts.

“He also said that some of them had happened ‘by accident‘.”

When asked about how often he had abused the children, Wellard replied simply that ‘it happened when it happened’.

The court heard that the children were left traumatised by the abuse.

Wellard pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to nine charges including rape, indecent assault, gross indecency with a child and taking indecent photographs of children.

Judge Nicholas Coleman handed him a nine year jail sentence for rape and concurrent sentences for the remaining eight counts.

He placed a restraining order on Wellard to keep him away from the children when he leaves prison and ordered that he be put on the sexual offenders’ register for life.

Judge Coleman said: “You treated these children as your sexual playthings.”

Depression led to ‘warped view of things’

CHILD abuser Andrew Wellard had never broken the law before he began to terrorise his two young victims, Peterborough Crown Court heard.

But prior to the start of his campaign of abuse he began to suffer depression and now “has a warped view of things”, according to defence counsel Damian Willatt.

Even so, Wellard now claims to feel regret for his actions.

Mr Willatt said: “He acknowledges that he has destroyed not only his life but the lives of these two children as well.”