August 2015

‘Remorseless’ pensioner, 86, who sexually abused three little girls jailed

A “remorseless” 86-year-old man, who sexually abused three little girls, was jailed for eight years.

Peter Wilson was convicted by a jury of nine sex offences committed between 20 and 30 years ago.

The youngsters were aged between three and nine years old.

The pensioner, a retired engineer, of Birkenshaw Road, New Parks, Leicester, denied the charges, claiming nothing untoward ever happened and at least two of the girls had conspired against him to get him into trouble. 

The indecency involved kissing two of the victims and making one perform an act upon him, as well as indecently touching a third victim, between 1984 and 1991.

The indecent assaults happened in an office at his former workplace in Leicester and in a mobile home, said Sam Mainds, prosecuting.

Sentencing him at Leicester Crown Court, Judge Robert Brown said: “These offences happened between 20 and 30 years ago and you’ve lived the last 20 to 30 years of your life in a normal way.

“The victims have lived with constant pain, misery and torment of the memory of what you did to them.

“We’ve witnessed the pain they had to endure by reliving those experiences as part of this trial.

“You’ve shown no remorse.

“You’ve been in denial throughout.

“You have called them liars and suggested a conspiracy by at least two of them to get you into trouble.”

He said the charges were specimen offences, reflecting a course of conduct.

Judge Brown added: “There was an abuse of trust, the grooming of your victims and the obvious planning.”

The court heard that Wilson had a previous conviction for indecently assaulting another young girl, between 1987 and 1991.

Judge Brown said: “The only mitigation is you stand before me as a man of 86 for whom a custodial sentence would be more arduous than for a younger man.

“You don’t have any mental or serious physical illnesses and for a man of 86 you’re in very good health.”

The judge said he hoped the unanimous guilty verdicts and sentence would bring some closure for the victims who behaved “with dignity and without bile” in the way they gave their evidence.

“I commend them for coming forward,” he said.

Graham Blower, mitigating after the verdicts, said: “His wife describes him as a shadow of the man he was since this came out.

“I have to accept on his behalf the impact upon the victims.”

Wilson wept in the dock during the mitigation and also when he gave evidence.

He told the jury that what was being suggested by the prosecution was “filthy” and he would “never” behave in such a way.

Wilson was placed on an indefinite sexual harm prevention order, which included banning him from unsupervised contact with children under 16, and he will be on a sex offender register for life.