June 2013

999 hero jailed for being a child-sex pervert

ellis in 1986

Kenneth Ellis pictured in 1986

A FORMER ambulance worker who earned a bravery award from the Queen has been put behind bars for sickening child sex offences.

By the time Kenneth Ellis was commended in 1986, he had already carried out a series of vile attacks that resulted in his victim later trying to kill herself.

He went on to carry out further offences against a second victim in the 1990s, after he was praised and given the royal award for risking his life to save a man on the Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland.

At Newcastle Crown Court the 66-year-old, of Portsmouth Road, Pennywell, Sunderland, was jailed for eight years.

Judge David Wood told him: “Both of the complainants have made statements indicating the terrible effect this has had upon their lives.

“You gave excellent service in the ambulance service. These offences are so serious only custody can be justified for them.”

Despite his protests of innocence, Ellis, pleaded guilty to a total of 15 charges including sexual assaults, indecent assaults and indecency with a child.

The court heard his child victims were as young as eight when first targeted.

Michael Graham, prosecuting, read impact statements from both victims, who are now grown-up.

He said: “One has said the defendant has completely ruined her life. She has attempted suicide on three occasions.”

Jamie Adams, defending, said Ellis was a respected member of the ambulance service for a long period of time before he had a heart attack.

He said Ellis, admitted the charges to spare the victims having to re-live their ordeals in court.

Ellis must abide by the terms of a sexual offences prevention order and sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.