March 2013

An ex-soldier said he fears he will now die in prison after being jailed for eight years for sex attacks on two young girls

Kenneth Sanderson carried out his first attack soon after becoming father to a boy at the age of 71.

He was jailed at Lincoln Crown Court despite pleading for leniency on the grounds that his two youngest sons may never see him again if he received a long sentence.

Recorder Paul Mann QC told him “It is your fault that you started this offending at the age of 71.

“It is a shame you didn’t think about the effect on your family when you started abusing these children in this way. This was a campaign over a significant period of time.”

Sanderson,81, formerly of Parsons Drove, Holland Fen, but now living in Newton Purcell, Milton Keynes, was found guilty by a jury on a 10-2 majority of three charges of indecent assault and a further seven charges of sexual assault. The offences took place on different dates between 2002 and 2009

The jury heard how the girls were both under the age of 13 when they were abused by Sanderson.

The trial lasted from March 4 to 11.

Mark Achurch, prosecuting, said the offences occurred when Sanderson was living at his former home.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, defending, said Sanderson did not want his children to visit him in prison.

“He has sons aged 10 and 12. He may never see his boys again. We are dealing here with somebody who may never come out of jail.

“For somebody aged 81 any prison sentence is going to be much harder than for a younger man. He may think he will never see the outside world again.

“His family may also be upset and think their father and partner is actually going to die in prison.”