January 1998

ABUSER JAILED FOR 9 YEARS

A PAEDOPHILE who sexually abused four young girls has been jailed for nine years by a judge at Birmingham Crown Court.

Delroy Edwards (33) of Oxford Road, Moseley, pleaded guilty to charges of rape, attempted rape, and unlawful sex with a girl under 13, and three charges of indecent assault.

It In passing sentence on him judge Laurence Marshall said: “The offences that you have committed against these children are extremely serious. They are borne of perversion.

What you have done is subject these children to your unbridled desires which has caused them untold harm.”

He said he gave Edwards credit for the fact that by his plea he had saved the victims from being cross examined in court.

But he went on: “In my judgement this catalogue of offences shows that any child in your immediate vicinity is at grave risk of sexual attack.”

Mr Michael Burrows, prosecuting, said the offences took place between 1992 and 1997 at the defendants home.

He said they came to light after one of the girls made a complaint to her mother.

Mr Burrows said when quizzed by police Edwards had denied the abuse allegations but was later taken to hospital after trying to take his own life.

Mr Brian Escott-Cox QC, defending, said Edwards was a man of low intelligence and that the offences had occurred on a limited number of occasions.