September 2007

Paedophile gets 16 years for ‘wickedness’

A paedophile rapist who subjected three girls to systematic sexual abuse over a six-year period has been jailed for 16 years.

Kevin Clement, aged 47, formerly of The Oval, Oldbrook, was branded “an exceptionally dangerous and manipulative” offender after he was convicted of a shocking catalogue of 31 sexual assaults and rapes which were committed against three young victims in Duston, Northampton, from late 1999 until mid-2005.

He denied the charges but was found guilty by majority verdicts following a six-day trial at Northampton Crown Court in May of 12 indecent assaults, 10 gross indecencies, seven rapes, sexual activity with a child and inciting a child into sexual activity, against three victims – one as young as nine-years-old.

Clive Sutton, prosecuting, said: “Over a number of years, he systematically sexually abused these children, weekly and fortnightly.

It was not a case of physical force but more a case of, given their young ages, clear pressure, domination over them and that they did not understand what was happening.”

Judge Charles Wide QC said Clement’s crimes were of the greatest seriousness but he had concluded they did not merit a life sentence.

“The human misery you caused by your actions can barely be described,” he said. “The disastrous impact your wickedness has had on these young girls as they were growing up is almost incalculable.

“You systematically abused these children, because that’s what they were to start with, and abused the trust they ought to have been able to rely on.”

During the trial, Clement maintained the girls, who all gave evidence, were lying to get him into trouble for various reasons.

They described how he would single each one out for sexual abuse and rapes.