May 2013

men sentenced for historic sex abuse at Truro Crown Court


JUSTICE has caught up with two “disturbing and sickening” paedophiles who sexually abused a schoolgirl in the late Seventies.

John Rosewarne, 63, (pictured above) of Pencarn Parc, Four Lanes, Redruth, was convicted at Truro Crown Court of exploiting his young victim on a Helston farm 37 years ago.

He was jailed for ten years on Friday after a jury found him guilty of two counts of indecent assault and one of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13. He admitted one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13.

His former friend, Robert Simpson, 80, of Hazeldene, Ashton, Helston, had pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault on a female and one of gross indecency with a child.

He was jailed for 45 months.

The court heard Rosewarne committed some of the offences in front of his brother at locations near his farm between 1975 and 1977.

Phillip Lee, for the prosecution, said there was no doubt that the victim was under 13 when the abuse took place but when interviewed by police Rosewarne claimed not to have known this. Mr Lee added: “Rosewarne described their relationship as ‘marvellous’, but he must have known how old she was. This so-called relationship was nothing less than sexual abuse of a naive schoolgirl.

“The sexual abuse by the two men affected their victim’s whole life.”

Ramsay Quaife, defending Rosewarne, said there was no force or threat towards the victim and he described the offences as “more consensual”.

The court heard Simpson had sexually abused the same victim, who is now 47, when she was aged between 9 and 14.

He too had kissed her and touched her indecently, and also made her watch pornographic films with him.

Jeremy Leaning, defending Simpson, told the court that he had accepted that there was no fault attached to his victim.

Sentencing Simpson, Judge Barry Cotter, QC, said: “The impact this has had upon her means that she will never be truly free from the abuse and there is no doubt in my mind that your abuse had a devastating effect and changed her attitude to life.

“You were causing longstanding harm to a developing child and it is still disturbing and painful. But now, nearly 40 years afterwards, justice has caught up with you.”

The judge told Rosewarne: “You described the relationship as marvellous – that is breathtakingly inappropriate and sickening. You were a 25-year-old man and she was 10 years old.

“I reject the idea that these offences should be seen as consensual. She was already damaged by the behaviour of the other man and you took advantage of that.”