Febuary 2010

TEN YEARS IN JAIL FOR CUMBRIAN MAN WHO SEXUALLY ABUSED BOYS

A paedophile who preyed on two boys, subjecting them to years of abuse for his own sexual gratification, has been jailed for 10 years

David Sowerby, 55, from Workington, was today facing a long spell behind bars after a judge said the pervert “debauched” his victims.

Sowerby, of St Mary’s Court, was also said to have shown no remorse for his “extremely grave” crimes.

Jailing him, Judge Paul Batty, QC, said: “These boys have been greatly affected now and then by what you did.”

The court previously heard how Sowerby had befriended the boys, who are now grown up.

He had given them money and, when they were older, cannabis and alcohol when they did odd jobs for him.

Carlisle Crown Court was told that Sowerby had started abusing one victim when he was only seven and the other boy when he was in his teens.

Sowerby had denied a total of 17 charges – nine relating to one boy and eight to the other.

They consisted of 11 counts of indecent assault and six of indecency with a child.

But a jury found him guilty following a trial in December.

He was brought back before the crown court to be sentenced.

Greg Hoare, speaking for the defence, said that Sowerby suffered from a heart condition and was not in the category of criminal whose “life has been wholly wicked”.

Judge Batty, passing sentence, told Sowerby the evidence during the trial had been “heart rending”.

“You have not shown one ounce of remorse for what you did to those boys,” added the judge.

Sowerby was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for each of the first nine charges, to run concurrently.

He was also sentenced to three years’ jail for each of the remainder of the charges, to run concurrently with each other and consecutive to the first nine counts.

Sowerby was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.