A 70-year-old Cumbrian paedophile has been jailed for 16 years for the horrific sexual abuse of two young girls.
Eric Davies repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted the girls for years.
Their ordeals began when they were just six and only ended in 2010.
Davies had denied 17 counts of sexual offences against a child under the age of 13, including 11 rape charges.
But a jury at Carlisle Crown Court found him guilty after hearing harrowing testimony from his victims.
Yesterday Davies, of Noble Croft in Aspatria, was brought back before the court for sentencing.
According to a probation report he has no remorse for what he has done, and he showed no emotion as he was jailed. Instead, Davies merely thanked the judge, Recorder Peter Davies, as he was led from the dock.
The court had heard how both the girls had been frightened of the consequences of telling anyone what was happening to them and the abuse was only uncovered by chance.
Recorder Davies told the pensioner: “These girls are angry and they were frightened of you, but because they are so young who knows what effects will be disclosed in the future. We do not know what psychological impact these offences will have had on them.”
He said that although Davies was a serious risk to children, his age meant there was no need to send him to prison indefinitely.
Safeguards were made for when he is released via the sexual offenders’ list and a sexual offences prevention order.
Defence barrister Rod Halligan had raised legal points but offered no mitigation for his client’s actions.
Speaking after the hearing, Detective Sergeant Duncan Brooker, of the Public Protection Unit, said: “This was a nasty case of prolonged sexual abuse against young and vulnerable victims, who have been incredibly brave in coming forward and telling us about what happened. “Had the victims not come forward when they did, no doubt this abuse would still be continuing to this day.
“The sentence that has now been handed out to Davies is one that reflects the depraved nature of the acts that he perpetrated and should hopefully serve as a deterrent to other would be abusers.
“Likewise, we hope that the courage displayed by the victims in this case will give other victims of sexual abuse the strength to report that abuse, whether it be on-going or historic in nature.
“While we can never predict the outcome of an investigation, victims can be assured that their disclosures will be investigated in a thorough and professional manner.”