February 2016

Convicted paedophile admits more sexual offences


A convicted paedophile will spend the best part of a decade behind bars after he admitted more sexual offences against young boys.

John Michael Kendrew, 73, a former Merchant Navy sailor, was jailed for 10 years in March last year after a jury found him guilty of seven counts of indecent assault, five charges of gross indecency and one of buggery.

The offences happened when Kendrew was living in Pateley Bridge between 1982 and 1985. The two victims were teenage boys.

Last Friday, Kendrew, of Galphay, Ripon, appeared via live video link at York Crown to be sentenced for five separate sexual attacks on youngsters, possibly dating as far back as 1979.

Kendrew, at Hull Prison, admitted four counts of indecent assault and one of buggery in relation to the new offences, which came to light after the three under-age victims, now adults, came forward after reading about the disgraced pensioner’s jailing in the Harrogate Advertiser series last year.

Prosecutor Sophie Drake said the offences happened over several years after Kendrew lured the boys to his home.

The former travelling salesman and motorcycle enthusiast, who is married with a family, groomed the boys by showing them pornographic magazines and offering them goodies such as stickers.

One of the victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was offered an air rifle by Kendall, who won the boy’s trust before sexually assaulting him.

In a statement read out in court, the victim said that Kendrew had “taken away my childhood”. He had since succumbed to depression and described his life as a “living hell”, adding that Kendrew had “scarred me for life”.

The second victim, who was not even in his teens at the time of the offences, was also groomed by Kendrew, before luring him inside his house where the sexual abuse took place.

Ms Drake said Kendrew told the boy not to say anything to his mother “because she might get the wrong idea”.

The victim now suffered from depression and was about to undergo counselling “because he can’t erase the memories of what happened to him”, added Ms Drake.

The third boy was lured to wasteland behind Kendrew’s home where he was sexually abused.

Kendrew – who was looked upon as something of a local character before his crimes came to light – was arrested for the previous matters in January 2014 after the victims, now middle-aged, plucked up the courage to come forward.

As boys, they were driven to isolated spots by Kendrew, who would park up in quiet lanes and show them pornographic magazines, before sexually assaulting them. He also lured them to his home where he abused them while his wife was out.

Defence barrister Jon Gregg said Kendrew had now been in prison for over a year but remained a “sprightly” man for his age and his wife was standing by him.

Judge Paul Batty QC jailed Kendrew for six years, which will be consecutive to the 10 years he was given last year for the original charges. He will serve half of the total 16-year sentence and will be 80 before he is due for release.

March 2015

Pervert jailed for 10-years for sex attacks against schoolboys

A 72-year-old former Merchant Navy seaman has been jailed for 10 years after being found guilty of a series of sex attacks on teenage boys more than 30 years ago.

John Michael Kendrew, of Galphay, preyed on two teenage boys when he was in his mid-30s and living in Pateley Bridge.

The former travelling salesman’s crimes went undetected for years but came to light when the two victims, now middle-aged, made separate allegations against him.

York Crown Court heard that Kendrew’s sexual abuse of the victims – neither of whom can be named for legal reasons – had resulted in them both suffering severe psychological trauma in their adult years.

Both boys were under the age of consent while being groomed by Kendrew.

Kendrew was arrested in January last year after the victims plucked up the courage to report his crimes, which happened in the 1980s.

He was charged with seven counts of indecent assault, five counts of gross indecency and one count of buggery between 1982 and 1985.

Prosecutor Gerald Hendron said Kendrew – who is married with a family – would drive the boys to isolated spots such as Silver Hill, near Pateley Bridge, where he would park up in quiet lanes and persuade them to look at pornographic magazines, before sexually assaulting them and getting them to perform lewd acts on themselves.

He also lured them to his home where he abused them while his wife was out.

Following his arrest on January 20, 2014, he claimed the allegations were pure “fabrication and fantasy”.

But at his trial at York Crown last month a jury found him guilty on all 13 counts.

Kendrew appeared for sentence on Friday, when Mr Hendron read out a statement from one of the victims who said the abuse had made his life a “living nightmare”.

Defence barrister John Greig said that since Kendrew had been remanded in prison awaiting sentence, his wife had had to leave their home and move into a smaller property because of financial difficulties resulting from her husband’s incarceration.

Jailing Kendrew for 10 years, Judge Stephen Ashurst told him: “You enjoyed a reputation as something of a character in the Pateley Bridge area and you were well known because of your motorbike activities and the like, but today it is revealed that you are someone with a past, and a past which involves the serious abuse of two teenage boys.

“What you did to these boys has had an enormous impact on them as grown men.

“You groomed them over a period of time by introducing them, in your car, to pornography.

“You told both these boys not to say anything, that they wouldn’t be believed. It’s affected them deeply and affected their health.

“In the intervening years, you have had the benefits of enjoying your liberty and your reputation in town. All that is now tarnished and you are going to have to live your later years in disgrace.”

As well as the jail sentence, the prosecution asked Mr Ashurst to make a Sexual Harm Prevention Order to impose further restrictions on Kendrew including a ban on him having anyone under the age of 16 at his home.

Mr Ashurst said the best time to consider such an order would be when Kendrew is released from prison.

However, he made an immediate order under the Sex Offenders Act, which requires Kendrew to notify the authorities about any change in his circumstances for the rest of his life.

The judge told Kendrew: “I’ve come to the conclusion that you are a somewhat arrogant and selfish man, and you only have yourself to blame.”