August 2019

Paedophile who abused four children over a decade has been jailed for 16 years

A paedophile who abused four children over a decade in Jersey has been jailed for 16 years and placed on the sex offenders register.

Kenneth Gordon, 68 indecently assaulted and had unlawful sexual intercourse with his young victims dating back to the 1990’s.

Kenneth Gordon, appeared at the Royal Court in St Helier today.

He showed no emotion while his victims looked on – some in tears.

He pleaded guilty to eighteen charges of sexual offences against children including indecent assault and unlawful sexual intercourse.

The court was told how he groomed and manipulated his victims across a long period of time, stripping them of their childhood.

It was revealed that in 2009 he was jailed for sexual offences against children including indecent assault – these offences occurred at the same time as the one’s he was jailed for today.

Gordon will be behind bars for 16 years and it is likely he will spend the rest of his life in jail.

April 2019

‘Evil, vindictive monster’ facing jail for sex offences

A serial sex offender – described by one of his victims as an ‘evil, vindictive monster’ – can today be named for the first time after he admitted 18 charges of abusing five children.

Kenneth Gordon (67) sat with a prison guard beside him as his lawyer, Advocate Julian Gollop, told the Royal Court that he had changed his not guilty pleas to 18 of the 36 charges against him.

The pensioner, who sat silently in court, has now admitted seven counts of indecent assault, three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a child, two counts of procuring an act of gross indecency, one count of committing an act of gross indecency, one count of common assault as well as four counts of other serious sexual offences against a child.

All of Gordon’s victims were under the age of 18 at the time of the offences.

Today, one of his victims, whose name is being withheld to protect her identity, said she hoped that by speaking out it encouraged other victims to come forward.

‘You are an evil, vindictive monster who took advantage of vulnerable young girls,’ the victim said of her abuser.

‘Thank you to everyone who has been there to support me through this, wipe away the tears, meet me at stupid hours of the night… and just in general walked beside me on what has been one of the most difficult journeys of my life.

‘I hope with breaking the silence if there’s any more victims out there they will come forward. Now’s your time to speak up and be heard.’

During a brief hearing in the Royal Court on Monday, Commissioner Julian Clyde-Smith lifted a reporting embargo that had banned all media from naming Gordon during previous hearings.

Crown Advocate Emma Hollywood told the court that prosecutors accepted Gordon’s pleas but requested the remaining charges, for which the defendant maintains his innocence, should remain on file. Gordon had faced 36 charges relating to eight child victims dating back more than 20 years.

Gordon is now due to be sentenced before the Royal Court’s Superior Number, which convenes only for the most serious offences, on Monday 19 August at 10am.

He is already subject to a sexual offences notification order due to previous offences.

In 2009, Gordon was jailed for four years for sex offences, including indecent assault and procuring an act of gross indecency, against two girls under the age of 16.

On his release in May 2011, Gordon was placed on the Sex Offenders Registers for ten years and was banned from contacting or approaching children under 16.

However, in August of that year, the Royal Court heard at the time, he ‘inadvertently’ came into brief contact with three boys, who were with two adults, on a public street, but did not leave immediately as outlined in the order. He was given an additional six-month probation order.