December 2015

Paedophile pensioner who sexually assaulted two young girls is likely to die in jail

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Kenneth Holmes, 82, has been jailed for 12 years, despite various medical conditions giving him just five years to live.

Hull Crown Court heard he abused two girls who were both aged under 13-years-old

Holmes, of Great Barn Street, Bridlington, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child under 13 and another of sexually assaulting a child under 13.

Addressing Judge Mark Bury, defence barrister Jeremy Lindsay said: “Any sentence that your honour imposes, it will be of some length. It is likely to result in him dying in prison

Sentencing Holmes, Judge Mark Bury said: “You have no previous convictions but you are to be sentenced now for some very serious offences against two children.”

The judge said the abuse had a damaging impact on his victims.

“She’s worried about people at school finding out about what happened to her, her confidence is destroyed, and she is a nervous child and she is frightened of men, particularly old men.

“She was already lacking in confidence but this has tainted it further.

“She finds it hard to trust people and she has had to have professional help as she finds it hard to talk to her parents.

“She has lost her own self-respect.”

Judge Bury gave Holmes credit for his guilty plea, which meant his victims did not have to give evidence before the court.

“They do not have to go to trial,” he said.

“They do not have to be cross-examined, they do not have to have their character besmirched in court.”

Holmes was given a 12-year jail term.

In addition, he was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.

He was also made subject to a sexual harm prevention order.

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