May 2007


A PENSIONER has been jailed for six years for raping a child.

James Edgar Woolis, 70, of Gregory Avenue, Aldercar, pleaded guilty to rape, attempted rape and indecency with a child, in a series of incidents in the late 1960s.

Dawn Pritchard, prosecuting, said that his actions had had an effect on the victim’s entire life. She said that on one occasion Woolis put the girl’s hand on his crotch before forcing her to perform oral sex.

At Derby Crown Court, Judge Andrew Hamilton said that what Woolis had done was ‘wicked’ and ‘terrible’.

He was arrested in 2006 after the victim, now an adult, complained to police. He initially denied the allegations but admitted to one incident in which he claimed he was teaching the girl about the ‘birds and the bees’.

Speaking in mitigation Sona Ahya said the fact that Woolis had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity meant that serious, traumatic and senstive matters did not have to be dragged before the court.

She said: “It (prison) is undoubtedly going to be a difficult experience for him.

“He has brought shame upon himself and upon his extended family and that is something he will have to live with for the rest of his life.”

Woolis was sentenced to six years in prison, a sentence that Judge Hamilton said would have been longer if he had not pleaded guilty.

Mr Hamilton said: “What you have done is the most wicked thing. The events are stuck in the forefront of her mind, who knows what she has had to live with all these years. It is a terrible and wicked thing that you did.”