Dangerous sex offender who threatened victims with fire bomb jailed for 28 years
A DANGEROUS sex offender from South Devon has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for abusing three girls and then threatening to petrol bomb a victim’s home to ensure her silence.
Robert Singleton, 34, from Starcross, started his serial abusing in the 1990s while still at school when he sexually assaulted three young victims.
The former taxi driver then abused a fourth girl over a number of years.
Police also found sickening child abuse images on his mobile phone.
He was due to be tried in February but before that date police were contacted by the youngest complainant who said she was receiving unwanted messages on Facebook.
Robert Singleton used three social media accounts which he set up under false names to send messages to the terrified witness warning her not to come to court.
She did not know who they were coming from but they contained clear warnings about going to court and giving evidence.
Other messages threatened to firebomb her home.
Singleton was found guilty at a trial at Exeter Crown Court last week of:
Four counts of assault by penetration
Four indecent assaults
Making indecent images of children.