July 2019

Predatory paedophile jailed for nine years

A former baker ­— convicted of molesting two girls in East Lancashire ­— has now been jailed for nine years on further abuse charges in Jersey.

Robert Carrel, 63, served a 12-year jail term after he targeted a seven-year-old and an 11-year-old while living in Belgrave Road, Colne.

The seven-year-old was asked to mimic the on-screen actions of a porn film, in return for sweets, a hearing at Burnley Crown Court was told.

And Carrel, who was convicted of rape and a number of child indecency offences in 2010, also involved the 11-year-old in sex acts, the court heard.

Appeal court judges even later ruled the sentence imposed on Carrel, who suffered a massive heart attack while on remand, could not be considered “manifestly excessive”

Following his release, the 63-year-old was questioned regarding separate alleged offences involving another young girl in Jersey 30 years ago.

State police brought him back to the Channel Islands for trial and he was convicted for a second time at Jersey’s Royal Court.

His latest victim told how, when she was not even 10, Carrel had taken her to his flat and forced her to touch him sexually, in exchange for sweets and presents.

Giving evidence she specifically recalled receiving a ‘teddy bear with a red love heart’ from the man.

She told the court: “My life was ruined from that. I wasn’t safe any more. He took my innocence.”

One of the girls Carrel abused in East Lancashire was also called to give evidence during the Jersey trial.

Carrel was found guilty of three offences of procuring an act of gross indecency and one charge of indecent assault at trial.

Speaking after the case, Det Insp Cathy Davison, of the States of Jersey Police said officers would work tirelessly to bring perpetrators to justice, regardless of how long ago the offences took place.

She added: “This victim has shown great strength and immense courage throughout this long investigation, she has been supported throughout by a specially trained sexual offence liaison officer and will receive any further support that is required.”

Predatory paedophile who had to be removed from court after repeated outbursts is jailed for nine years

A predatory paedophile labelled Jersey’s justice system as ‘corrupt’ as he was jailed for nine years for sexual abuse in the Island.

Robert George Carrel (63) who was living in Colne in Lancashire before his arrest, was jailed after he had been removed from the Royal Court minutes after the hearing began for disrupting proceedings and abusive language.

At first he told Crown Advocate Richard Pedley, prosecuting, to ‘tell the truth’ and was warned by Commissioner Julian Clyde-Smith, who then removed him after a second outburst.

Carrel said: ‘Jersey’s justice system is corrupt, this is a witch hunt.

‘F*****g corrupt b******s the lot of you.’

He was then brought back in by Commissioner Clyde-Smith to hear his sentence.

At his trial in March, Carrel hurled abuse at the jurors after being found guilty and had to be forcibly removed from the dock.

Crown Advocate Pedley told the court how Carrel was brought to Jersey on an arrest warrant, after previously being jailed for 12 years in 2010 for raping a disabled girl of 11 and abusing a younger girl.

The court heard how Carrel would give the girl, who was under the age of ten, sweets and treats after abusing her.

On two occasions he took her to his flat where he coerced the girl into sexually touching him.

In her evidence during the trial, the victim said she was told she was a ‘good girl’ before being given presents. When she got older, she said, she realised what had happened to her.

One of Carrel’s victims from his crimes in England gave evidence and she said she was also rewarded after abuse.

Recalling what the victim said in the trial, Crown Advocate Pedley said: ‘She said “at the time I thought he cared, I wanted to believe he cared. I didn’t know it was abuse, I thought I was being a good girl, I trusted him. I believed he cared, every child wants to be rewarded”.’

Crown Advocate Pedley said the victim had been on medication for 20 years and said she felt guilty for not speaking up sooner.

Reading from the victim impact statement, Crown Advocate Pedley said: ‘I feel guilty for not speaking up sooner before abuse other people suffered.

‘I can’t continue living in Jersey. I am scared the sentence won’t be long enough and he will come after me.’

He added that the victim had suffered severe psychological harm.

The prosecutor added that a report on Carrel found that his offending was planned and he had an attraction to children.

Calling for a nine-year sentence, Advocate Pedley added: ‘These are serious offences against a vulnerable young female child, and there is no greater example of the devastation sexual abuse of children can cause.

‘The victim said the abuse was harrowing and that he took her innocence.

‘He has shown no remorse and the Crown considers only a lengthy custodial sentence is appropriate. He has been and remains a danger to the public.’

March 2019

Convicted child sex offender faces new trial

A Convicted paedophile ‘took the innocence’ of a young girl when he sexually abused her decades ago, a Royal Court trial has heard.

Robert George Carrel is standing trial accused of a string of sexual offences against a girl under the age of ten.

The charges date back around 30 years.

The 63-year-old, who now lives in the UK, allegedly took his victim to his flat where he forced her to touch him sexually – before rewarding her with ‘presents and sweets’.

At the first day of his Assize trial, the jury of eight women and four men heard from the alleged victim who said that Mr Carrel groomed her and that she ‘trusted him’.

She said: ‘At first I think he lured me in with a false sense of security. I trusted him.

‘At the time I thought he cared about me and I didn’t understand what was going on. I wanted to believe he did care.

‘He would take me to the bathroom. He used to make me do things and tell me I was a good girl and I would get rewarded with presents and sweets.’

She said she specifically remembered receiving a ‘teddy bear with a red love heart’ as a present following one of the occasions on which she was abused.

‘When I look at it as an adult, he saw a young girl and took her home and he knew what he was doing and he groomed me,’ she said.

‘I got abused and my life was ruined from that. I wasn’t safe anymore. He took my innocence.’

The court heard that Mr Carrel had been imprisoned in the UK for a separate ‘child-sex conviction’.

Advocate James Bell, defending, said that the alleged victim in this case did not make a report to the police until after Mr Carrel had been released from a UK prison.

He suggested the alleged victim had sought a ‘good person to blame’ for her personal problems and that the abuse she suffered had in fact been at the hands of a different man.

The woman said: ‘I have not passed the blame onto someone else. I would not send an innocent man to jail.’

Outlining the case, Crown Advocate Richard Pedley, prosecuting, said that Mr Carrel had been returned to Jersey on an arrest warrant.

He said: ‘The term used is historic sexual abuse. I would suggest that when you hear the live evidence, it does not feel historic.

‘Memories, as you know, are not necessarily linear. But you remember the most significant things in your life.’

Commissioner Julian Clyde-Smith was presiding. The trial continues.

June 2010

Colne paedophile jailed for 12 years

A father-of-one who urged a confused seven-year-old to copy what a porn star was doing in a film he was watching has been jailed for 12 years.

Robert Carrel, 54, also groped an 11-year-old girl and forced her to perform a sex act on him, Preston Crown Court was told.

He denied rape, four offences of indecency with children and two charges of sexual activity with a child but was convicted after an earlier trial in Burnley.

Judge Jonathan Gibson, who banned him from working with children for life or associating with them, said both his victims had been vulnerable.

But as he was jailed Carrel, of Belgrave Road, Colne, shouted: “I’m not guilty – you’re a dead judge.”

Carrel suffered a massive heart attack while on remand for the sex attacks and underwent a quadruple bypass operation, the court was told.

The younger girl was involved by Carrel in sexual conduct when she was aged both seven, and again when she was eight.

The older girl, who did not know the other youngster, was 11 and was also asked to perform sex acts on him.

Hugh Barton, defending, said: “He is still not in the best of health and is still on medication. One has to say that at this stage his life expectancy is not particularly good. It can be measured in years, but not that many.”

Carrel, who was convicted of unlawful intercourse aged 19, for having sex with a younger partner, still maintained his innocence, he added.

Following the case, Det Con Julia Hodgson, from the police public protection unit, who investigated Carrel along with Det Con Joanne Pemberton, then of Pendle CID, said the jail sentence imposed might bring ‘closure’ for his two victims.

“The events, as described in court, indicate they have been through an horrific ordeal and this sentence is more than satisfactory in the circumstances,” she said.