May 2015

Man jailed for 18 years for sexual abuse of Plymouth girl

19/05/2015 - PLYMOUTH CROWN COURT Child sex abuser (allegedly) KENNETH ELLIOTT aged 60 goes on trial for historic offences. PIC PS  REP - SA PLPS20150519A-004_N.JPG

A MAN has been jailed for 18 years for what a judge branded the “systematic and long-term” sexual abuse of a girl more than two decades ago.

Former city karate instructor and triathlete Kenneth Elliott was convicted by a jury of indecently touching the child over five years.

The 61-year-old denied 14 charges of abuse of the same girl dating back to between 1990 and 1995.

A jury at Plymouth Crown Court took an hour and a half to unanimously convict him of 13 counts – six of indecent assault and seven of indecency with a child.

Judge Simon Carr told him: “In the category of such cases, this was one of the very worst simply because it started when she was so young.

“She was only four when you came into her life and you systematically abused her over the next four or five years.”

He said the effect on his victim was “catastrophic”.

Elliott, who used to teach the martial art at Plymouth University, showed no reaction as the foreman read out the string of guilty verdicts.

About a dozen supporters and members of the victim’s family looked on from the public gallery – some leaving the courtroom in tears.

The complainant, now a married woman with children of her own, had told the court that Elliott regularly touched her indecently. She also told the jury that he performed sexual acts in her presence.

The court watched a police video interview she gave after coming forward in 2013.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she came to hate Elliott “with a passion”.

The court heard the defendant, formerly lived in Durham Avenue, St Judes. He moved to France 14 years ago.

The woman, bravely giving evidence from behind a screen, said some forms of abuse had happened “tens of times”.

Judge Carr said if the offences had been committed after 2003, some would have been classed as rape and he would have been jailed for 24 to 25 years.

Elliott, of Pontive in Brittany, claimed the woman made up the allegations out of hatred. He claimed he was never alone with her.

Kelly Scrivener, in mitigation, said he had not committed any further offences in the last 20 years and posed no danger to the public.

Elliott will spend half his term behind bars before he is due for release.

Guilty!

A MAN today faces years in jail after he was found guilty of the repeated sexual abuse of a girl more than two decades ago.

Former city karate instructor and triathlete Kenneth Elliott was convicted by a jury of indecently touching the child over five years.

The 61-year-old denied 14 charges of abuse of the same girl dating back to between 1990 and 1995.

A jury at Plymouth Crown Court took an hour and a half to unanimously convict him of 13 counts – six of indecent assault and seven of indecency with a child.

Judge Simon Carr remanded him in custody to consider whether to sentence this afternoon.

He said: “He will remain in custody until sentence. There will be a custodial sentence of significant length.”

Elliott, who used to teach the martial art at Plymouth University, showed no reaction as the foreman read out the string of guilty verdicts.

About a dozen supporters and members of the victim’s family looked on from the public gallery – some leaving the courtroom in tears.

The complainant, now a married woman with children of her own, had told the court that Elliott regularly touched her indecently. She also told the jury that he performed sexual acts in her presence.

The court watched a police video interview she gave after coming forward in 2013.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she came to hate Elliott “with a passion”.

The court heard the defendant, who also used to compete in marathons, formerly lived in Durham Avenue, St Judes. He moved to France 14 years ago.

The woman, bravely giving evidence from behind a screen, said some forms of abuse had happened “tens of times”.

Elliott, of Pontive in Brittany, claimed the woman made up the allegations out of hatred. He claimed he was never alone with her.