August 2017

Ten years of terror: Coventry child rapist jailed for 27 years

A Coventry man has been jailed for 27 years for 13 sexual offences against four young girls.

Christopher Hughes, from Delius Street, Tile Hill, was convicted by a unanimous verdict after a trial lasting two weeks and sentenced at Warwick Crown Court.

The court heard how the 34-year-old had progressed from sexual assault to rape as he systematically took advantage of each girl who was aged between nine and 14-years-old at the time.

The abuse took place over a number of years from 1998 to 2007.

Although one victim came forward in 2007, there was insufficient evidence to proceed with a case, but when further victims reported abuse, the Crown Prosecution Service had enough to bring Hughes to trial.

Passing sentence, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano told Hughes: “When you offend in this way against young girls, you ruin their childhood and you introduce them to a world where adults do not protect them.”

Hughes was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.