November 2015

Man jailed for 15 years for sex offences against three young girls

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THIS is the man jailed for 15 years for sexual offences against three young girls.

Stephen Bowden, 61, of Parbold Avenue, Blackbrook was found guilty of nine offences, involving rape and indecent assault, which took place in the 1970s.

The majority of the offences took place during the 1970s, say police.

A judge at Liverpool Crown court told Bowden that his victims “have had to carry the guilt” of his behaviour for 40 years.

Jailing him Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, the Recorder of Liverpool, said that he had not “shown a jot of remorse” for these serious offences. He ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Sarah Holt, prosecuting had told Liverpool Crown Court that the offences took place when the victims were aged between six and ten.

In a victim impact statement, read out to the court, one of his victims said: “Following the abuse I suffered, I have found it hard and had no self-esteem or self-confidence.

“I find it so hard to communicate with confidence, I hate to be the focus of attention. I found it hard to make friends, I don’t have any close friends.

“Because of what you [Bowden] did, I now find it hard to communicate with others and I am always anxious about what people are going to think of me. I hate to be the focus of attention and don’t like walking into a room with people I don’t know in. I rush and have to push myself to find myself getting to places early just because I don’t want to ask if it is OK to sit there.

“You caused all of this, you took all of my confidence and self-esteem away. I can’t believe that I have to go through all the stress and worry of giving evidence in open court, when you could have just admitted your guilt and saved me all this unnecessary stress and worry.”