March 2013

84-year-old jailed for years of abuse

A PENSIONER orchestrated a decade-long campaign of sexual abuse against a girl from the age of just five, a court heard.

Ian Green, 84, of The Fairway, Wembley, commenced grooming his victim, who is now in her late 20s, in 1990, Harrow Crown Court heard.

Sentencing judge Graham Arran told him on Friday last week: “The abuse started when your victim was perhaps five or six and went on until 16 or thereabouts. It happened on a frequent basis, perhaps once a week.

“It appears to have affected her school life and continues to have an impact on her life. She has suffered depression and from an early age she began to self harm. She has, on a couple of occasions, tried to take her own life.”

Prosecutor Martin Lewis told the court the abuse began when Green was in his early 60s, after he had retired, and as the years went by he had successfully groomed his victim into regarding his behaviour as ‘approaching normal’.

Mr Lewis said: “The impact that this period has had on her cannot be underestimated.

“This behaviour over the years has made her feel worthless and she continues to feel worthless.”

In August 2012, in the wake of her latest suicide attempt, the victim, wrote a letter to her parents revealing the systematic abuse for the first time.

Her parents confronted Green and told him he had no option but to hand himself in to the authorities.

Oliver Renton, defending, said: “He appreciates he has caused damage that simply cannot be underdone. He is sorry. He wishes this hearing to give the victim some degree of vindication.

“He went to the police station of his own volition. It was a brave act, albeit after a period of profound wrongdoing.”

Green admitted on February 15 two counts of indecent assault, the first on multiple occasions between July 6, 1990, and November 2, 1994, on a child under 13, and the second on multiple occasions between November 3, 1994, and July 5, 2001, on a female under the age of 16.

Judge Arran sentenced Green to two years in prison for the first offence and three for the second, to be served concurrently, and ordered him to sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.