August 2009

Pervert gets six years in prison

A paedophile who subjected a young girl to years of abuse “ruined her life” a court has heard.

Derek Bonstead, aged 64, was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment at Northampton Crown Court yesterday after being found guilty of three indecent assaults and two gross indecencies.

The campaign of sexual abuse against the girl started in 1994 and took place at several locations in Northampton, lasting until 2002.

Passing sentence Judge Christopher Metcalf said the public should know what the victim, who cannot be identified, said about the years of abuse and read her impact statement to the court.

“It said: “I never had a childhood, just long, dark, miserable days.

“I never did things that most children do, I was used and abused because of his dirty sex obsession with children.

“I grew up far too quickly, knowing things kids shouldn’t know.

“I now find it hard trusting people, especially men.

“I get terrified being alone in male company and find it hard building relationships with people.”

Judge Metcalf added: “You ruined this girl’s life. I consider you to be a real danger to children.”

Bonstead, of Camberley Close, Bellinge, Northampton, was given an extended licence to run alongside the prison sentence, ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register and banned from having contact with children and using computers or mobile phones.

The court heard Bonstead made the girl look at child pornography on a computer as part of the abuse.

Bonstead has a previous caution for downloading child pornography.

Francis Laird, mitigating for Bonstead, said: “This man is about to become an old age pensioner.”

He asked the judge to take into account Bonstead’s age and the fact he had never been to prison before when considering what sentence to pass.

But he added: “They are serious offences and will attract custodial sentences.”