August 2012

Pensioner Roy Humphreys told young abuse victim: ‘It’s our special secret’

A pensioner who repeatedly sexually abused a young girl – telling her it was a “special secret” – has been jailed for six years.

Roy Humphreys, 69, corrupted his victim so badly she thought it was her fault, a court heard.

Humphreys, of Broadway, Gillingham, shook his head in the dock as he was handed six years’ jail and an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order at Maidstone Crown Court.

He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for life, banning him from ever working with children.

Humphreys, who previously worked as a steward at Gillingham FC on match days, denied the abuse throughout a trial.

But he was convicted by a 10-2 majority on three charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one of sexual assault. He was acquitted of three other charges.

Judge Philip Statman praised the young victim’s bravery in giving harrowing evidence in which she was able to describe Humphreys’ private parts.

She said the pensioner would climb on top of her, kiss her and touch her private parts.

The judge told Humphreys the abuse had “a profound effect on her”, adding: “Nothing will ever be the same again.”

“As you stand before this court today you have not shown one shred of remorse,” he added.

“She was a very young girl, not aware of the illegality of your acts towards her.

“Then there was the issue of the ‘special secret’ you and she had, which she eventually divulged.”

Nina Ellin, prosecuting, previously told the trial the victim’s behaviour had become sexualised as a result of grooming.

Miss Ellin told the jury: “She said she should have stopped him.

“She said everything was her fault, adding: ‘I was supposed to say no.'”

Humphreys followed the hearing closely from the dock, at one point asking the judge to speak louder.

Roy Humprheys has been jailed for six years at Maidstone Crown Court