April 2013

Lorry driver, 48, jailed for sex abuse

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LORRY driver Andrew Davies has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years after indecently assaulting three girls.

Judge Paul Glenn yesterday described the pervert as ‘cunning and manipulative’ and placed him on the sex offenders’ register for life

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Davies, pictured, aged 48, indecently assaulted one youngster in Yorkshire in 2002.

The girl told her sister and mum what had happened but no charges were brought against Davies.

The court heard weeks later Davies moved to Stoke-on-Trent and started work as a lorry driver.

Prosecutor David Jackson said Davies repeatedly indecently assaulted his second victim in his lorry.

The court heard the third victim was forced to perform a sex act on Davies.

He later threatened the girl: “Don’t you dare tell anyone about this.”

The two Stoke-on-Trent victims reported Davies’s behaviour years later.

He denied the allegations and that he was sexually attracted to young girls.

But earlier this year, Davies, who moved to Clitheroe, Lancashire, pleaded guilty to seven charges of indecent assault on three girls between 2001 and 2003.

Rebecca Young, mitigating, said Davies has lost everything and all contact with his family and friends.

But she said Davies saved his victims the trauma of having to give evidence in a trial.

Miss Young added: “It has to be accepted on his behalf that all these offences will have had a devastating effect on all the girls and hopefully his guilty pleas will give them some closure.”

Judge Glenn said there was a significant risk of Davies causing serious harm to children. The judge said Davies was ‘persistent’ with his first victim and ‘physically forced’ his third victim.

Judge Glenn told Davies: “It is plain you have a sexual attraction to young females.

“You are cunning and manipulative. It is plain you are an isolated individual now.”

Staffordshire Police today welcomed the sentence.

Detective Constable Darren Bithell said: “This sentence follows a lengthy investigation. We thoroughly investigate all allegations of sexual abuse, including historic offences, and work with partners to tackle these very serious crimes in a sensitive manner.

“Anyone with information about suspected sexual abuse should contact our Protecting Vulnerable People Department on 101.”