October 2015

Pervert jailed for abusing young girl

A FORMER Royal Air Force electrical engineer has been jailed for nine years for sexually abusing a young girl when he was a teenager in the late 1980s.

Darren Davidson, aged 46, of Gun Hill, New Arley, near Nuneaton, had pleaded not guilty to five charges of indecently assaulting his victim.

But he was found guilty of every charge by a majority of 11 to one following a trial at Warwick Crown Court earlier this year – which could not be reported at the time for legal reasons.

And when he returned to the court to be sentenced, after it was decided to offer no further evidence on other charges he had faced, the court heard he still denies the offences.

Davidson was jailed for nine years and ordered to register as a sex offender for life after Judge Alan Parker told him some of his offences would now be classed as rape.

During his trial prosecutor Grace Hale said Davidson knew his victim’s family, and in the late 80s, when she was about seven, he followed her into the bathroom at her home.

He locked the door and told the girl: “There’s someone I want you to meet. His name’s Fred and he’s really shy.”

Davidson, who was about 18 at the time, unzipped his trousers and forced the girl to commit sexual acts.

Of that first occasion his victim later said she was confused about what was happening, but after his abuse of her was repeated, she began to dread seeing him and would try to hide whenever he visited.

When she tried to resist, he grabbed her by the hair and forced her to do things.

But she was too frightened to tell her mother – because Davidson had told her it would make her mother angry with her.

She did not say anything Cont. from front.

for years, until 2013 when she heard that a relative’s husband had gone to the police over abuse he had suffered as a child.

That prompted her to finally tell her mother about her ordeal, and her family then encouraged her to come forward and report it, added Miss Hale.

When he was arrested and during the trial Davidson denied anything of a sexual nature had happened with the girl, claiming he did not know why she was making the allegations but that they were untrue.

And at the resumed hearing Nick Devine, defending, said: “There is a pre-sentence report but, put simply, that doesn’t give me any assistance at all, by reason of the fact that Mr Davidson maintains his denials.”

Mr Devine commented that in the years since the offences Davidson has led ‘a decent and productive life’, and was an RAF electrical engineer, working in radar, until 2001 when he left and worked for BAE Systems until he was made redundant last year.

Jailing Davidson, Judge Alan Parker told him: “The passage of time, in my opinion, does not substantially mitigate the gravity of what you did.

“You were doubtless able to almost completely put out of your mind what had happened, but that is not the effect on the victim at all. This has all had a significant effect on her.”

The judge pointed out: “What is described as indecent assault in counts three, four and five would, if charged today, be charged as rape.”

And he imposed six-year sentences for those offences, consecutive to three years for the first two charges.