March 2015

Sex offender jailed for a total of 17 years

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A Birmingham sex offender, who subjected three young girls to years of abuse, has been sentenced to a total of 17 years in jail for a string of historic offences.

Gary Jukes, of Highters Road, Warstock was sentenced after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to sexually abusing children over a period of 21 years, between 1976 and 1997.

The 52-year-old electrical fitter was sentenced to four years at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday after he pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse and a series of indecent assaults against a girl aged 9-11 at the time.

This sentence will run consecutively to a sentence of 13 years given in 2014 for offences against two other girls, and a further 18 months to run concurrently.

Jukes was arrested in December 2013 after his victims, now aged in their 30s and 50s, found the courage to report him to police.

Det Con Nichola Thomas from the Force’s Public Protection Unit, said: “The trial of Gary Jukes was a traumatic experience for his victims and I would like to praise their courage in coming forward and speaking to police.

“They see the conviction as closure and I hope the fact that he is now behind bars will go some way to helping them recover.

She added: “We will always take reports of sexual abuse seriously and I would urge anyone who has suffered abuse, no matter how long ago, to contact West Midlands Police so we can investigate.

West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit can be contacted on 101, while the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) can be contacted on 00808 801 0331 and www.napac.org.uk