November 2017: Law has now been released and is living in a small village called Stamfordham in Northumberland

September 2012

Judge praises courage of child sexual abuse victims


A judge has praised the victims of a serial child abuser for the courage in giving evidence as he jailed the pervert for ten years

Sentencing Colin Law, 52 of St. Barbaras walk, Newton Aycliffe for sexual offences against young girls. 

Judge Christopher Prince said: “Having displayed their own courage, they can take additional comfort from the fact they know this is a repeat offender who is comparatively young.

They have therefore, through that demonstration of courage, protected others from this happening again”

The court was told that one victim was abused for seven years, beginning when she was aged just three years old 

Another child was aged four years old, and two other girls were aged 12 and 15.

One of Law’s victims said, “What I did not expect was the closure and relief when (he) was found guilty on all charges”

“Perhaps there are those that have been victims of such offences who can be encouraged in the future to come forward to give account of what has occurred to them”

A jury at Durham Crown Court convicted Law of indecent assault and indecency with a child relating and a number of indecent assaults on a child

Law was also found guilty of possessing dozens of indecent images of children

The defence read out a letter of apology, but judge Prince said Law had shown no genuine remorse

The judge told Law, “You are a highly intelligent but highly manipulative and devious”

“You have shown a complete arrogance and utter contempt for the prosecution, witnesses and victims and did not hesitate for a moment to call them liars and to accuse them of conspiring against you”

Law was placed on the sex offenders register for life