March 2013

Appeal from Callington pervert Nicholas Hobbs dismissed by top judges

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A PERVERT from Callington who was jailed for the sexual abuse of four little girls has failed to convince top judges he should be released into the community.

Nicholas Wayne Hobbs’ crimes only came to light years after he abused the girls, one of whom was only four years old at the time she was molested.

Last year, the 50-year-old pleaded guilty to 17 indecent assaults at Truro Crown Court and on September 7 he was sentenced to three years and four months’ imprisonment.

Recorder Paul Dunkels, QC, said: “You threatened them to secure their silence.

“No sentence I can pass can give back these women, as they are now, the innocence of youth which you took away.”

Hobbs later appealed the verdict, but on Friday, March 15 he saw the sentence upheld by Mr Justice Mackay and Judge James Moss, QC, at the Court of Appeal in London.

Rejecting Hobbs’ complaints, Judge Moss said the sentence was “wholly merited” for offences against four victims, spread over a 16-year period.

Hobbs, of West Prince Farm, Sevenstones, near Callington, claimed that his abuse of the prepubescent girls was down to his “curiosity”.

All of them complained of him touching their private parts and said their relationships had been affected by what happened in their childhood.

The sentencing judge rejected his claim of curiosity, saying the motivation which lay behind his offending was his own sexual gratification.

Hobbs had engaged in “manipulative grooming” to put himself in a position where he could assault children, stealing the “innocence of their youth”, the judge said.

His lawyers argued that the sentence was “wrong in principle” and that the judge should have given him a sentence to allow him to be treated in the community.

But the judges dismissed the appeal. Judge Moss said: “The sentence, albeit tough, was not arguably manifestly excessive.”

Hobbs is prohibited from living in the same household of any child under 18 unless he is given the express consent of the social services in the area.

He must have no contact with a child under 18, except when it is not easily avoidable in the course of daily life or with the consent of a parent or guardian who has knowledge of his conviction.