August 2019: Now living in Hockley, Tamworth

April 2006

Pervert jailed for 12 years

A man was caged for 12 years for a string of sickening sex attacks on young girls in Walsall.

John Mellett, 31, was described as a “predator” by Wolverhampton Crown Court Judge Frank Chapman, who ruled only a significant custodial sentence could be imposed for his serious crime.

Mellett, of Dalton Road, Reedswood, denied three charges of rape, four of indecent assault and three of sexual activity with a girl under 16.

But he was convicted on all the offences by a jury.

After the case Detective Constable David Shail of Bloxwich CID welcomed the result.

He added: “The victims in this case all showed great courage in coming forward to give evidence against this man.”

The court heard there were three victims, one of whom gave evidence to the jury through the court video link, while the other two spoke from behind a screen.