April 2013

Pervert jailed for sex abuse of two young girls


A sex beast who carried out “appalling and depraved” sexual abuse of two young girls has been jailed for 16 years.

Lee Ashurst, of Parr Avenue, Gillingham, was told by a judge: “You chose to oppose these matters and have been convicted. You can expect and receive no mercy from this court.”

The 29-year-old pervert denied six charges of rape of a child but was convicted of each by a 10-2 majority.

In October 2005, Matthew Ashurst (brother of Lee) lured a young boy away from his home and sexually assaulted him. He was sentenced to 15 months’ youth custody.

Judge Jeremy Carey said the jury of nine women and three men had to listen to the evidence of two little girls who gave in graphic detail an account of Ashurst’s depraved sexual behaviour.

“Each of them described how you indulged yourself in the most appalling way,” he said. “In their innocence they did not realise, and still do not realise, the enormity of the depravity of which you are now rightly found guilty.

“The impact on them I judge to be significant. When they do understand it is likely to be enormous and long lasting. It is that impact which makes that offending so grave.”

The victims’ families would feel the impact and shock waves for years to come.

After the guilty verdicts, Ashurst’s lawyer spoke of the “horrific and appalling nature” of the offending.

Ashurst, said to have a low IQ, will be on the sex offenders’ register for life and banned from working with children and vulnerable adults.

After he had been led away to the cells to begin his sentence, Judge Carey told jurors, one of whom wept: “I turn to you with some feelings of anxiety.

“This case must have put you through an ordeal. It is your misfortune you had to sit on this case. Others have been through the ordeal you have had to go through.

“I don’t suppose it will come to an end for some time. You have done your duty. After the dreadfulness of the evidence, you can sense that justice has been done.”

He added: “Forget about this as best you can.”