November 2017

Judge jails paedophile for sex attacks on girl

A judge told a man he was “going to have to answer for your depraved behaviour” as he jailed him for a string of sex attacks on a child.

Former miner, Paul Hignett, 62, was jailed for 11 years today, despite denying a series of sex offences dating back 20 years when he targeted the girl in his mid 40s.

But he was convicted of 12 charges of indecent assault and indecency with a child by a jury at Mold Crown Court and today appeared for sentence.

Judge Rhys Rowlands told him that he thought he had got away with it as his victim had struggled to come to terms with what he had done to her.

He said: “You realise that your past, sadly for you, has caught up with you.

“You are now going to have to answer for your depraved behaviour as a younger man.”

Hignett, of Station Road at Rhostyllen, Wrexham, will be on the sex offenders’ register for life and received an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

Judge Rowlands said the victim was very young when the offences happened and Hignett had shown no remorse and had continued to deny the offences.

“You have no comprehension of the way you were meant to behave as a grown man towards a child, or of the harm you have caused her.

“It can be said that you have managed to live a pretty normal life for many years while on the other hand your victim has had to deal and live with what you did to her as a child.” 

The judge said Hignett had taken advantage of a little girl and taken her childhood away from her

Anna Price, prosecuting, in a victim impact statement, the girl now a woman in her 30s had told of the “horrible” effect it all had.

It had ruined her childhood and “robbed her of her innocence”, she said.

The victim suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and felt that she could have achieved much in life but for what happened.

She “hated” the defendant for what he had done to her.

His offending had such an effect on her state of mind as she was growing up and she felt that she could not trust anyone.

It affected her relationships and she found herself over protective with her own children.

But she finally felt that she could move on following the jury verdicts.