November 2015

Prison is ‘inevitable’ for 80-year-old Louth paedophile

An 80-year-old man has been told by a judge that a prison sentence is “inevitable” after a jury unanimously found him guilty on 14 counts of sexual abuse on children.

Barry Stephenson, of Kidgate, was found guilty at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday (November 6) on eleven charges of indecent assault and three of gross indecency between November 1965 and October 1994.

All but one of the allegations come from the period November 1965 to November 1974.

Following the jury’s verdict, Judge Rafferty told Stephenson that, despite his age, prison was “inevitable” due to the nature of the charges.

The case has been adjourned for reports and medical reports, and sentencing has been provisionally listed for Friday December 4 at Nottingham Crown Court.