July 2020

Wife of Plymouth sex monster in court for breaching order

The wife of a sex monster who provided a taxi service for her husband so he could sexually abuse his young victim is in breach of her own court order.

Rebecca Ford is not allowed to be with a child unless she has permission from a parent – and a parent who knows about her own conviction.

Under her previous name of Martin Syms, she was handed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order at Exeter Crown Court in 2007, having been convicted of possessing indecent images of children.

Rebecca Ford, aged 54, gave Michael Ford and the boy lifts which put him in a position to play perverted games with the youngster.

But she claimed was unaware of his sick intentions and was not present when the offences took place.

Rebecca Ford, biologically a man but identifying as a woman, was also “dominated and manipulated” by theatre group leader Michael Ford, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

Michael Ford, aged 69, was handed a 12-year sentence for inciting the boy into sexual activity.

With a long record of sexual offences, he will serve at least seven years behind bars after he was convicted by a jury earlier this year.

Michael Ford, head of the disbanded Playwriters Organisation, had the youngster pour water and sugar down his trousers. He persuaded the boy to handcuff him and smack his backside after getting him alone and tricking him into indulging his fetish.

The court has now heard that Rebecca Ford on three occasions gave lifts to her husband and the boy. She was also briefly with Michael Ford and the youngster at home.

Rebecca Ford, who shared a home with her husband at Medway Place in Efford, pleaded guilty to four breaches of the order within three weeks.

Suspending her prison sentence, Judge William Mousley said: “You were under some considerable pressure from him (Michael Ford) to do as you did. You were to a significant extent controlled and manipulated by him in the context of your relationship.

“That relationship is now over, you have a new partner and you are shortly moving to a new address.”

Judge Mousley also noted these were the first breaches of the order in more than 12 years.

He said that Rebecca Ford would be vulnerable in a men’s prison – though he stressed this was not the reason for suspending the prison sentence.

Emily Cook, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the defendant on three occasions provided lifts for the her husband and the victim.

Michael Ford, on the third occasion, abused the boy in his wife’s absence at their destination.

Miss Cook added that on another occasion the Fords were at home briefly with the boy.

Michael Green, for Rebecca Ford, said: “If you take a generous view then she was naive, if you take a more cynical view she overlooked the risk her husband posed.”

He described Michael Ford as “dominant and manipulative”.

But Mr Green added that she had moved on and had no contact with her husband in prison. The barrister said she had “moved on”, with a new relationship and a new home.

Judge Mousley handed Rebecca Ford a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 25 days of probation’s Rehabilitation Activity Requirement. She must pay £122 victim surcharge.

The same court heard back in February that Michael Ford had a sexual interest in having substances on or around his genitals.

Ford tried to persuade the boy to rub the sugar water through his shorts – but he refused.

The boy told police in interview that he reported Ford’s behaviour to police after realising it was “inappropriate”.

He added that Ford had also pulled his shorts forward so that he could see his pubic hair.

The defendant admitted that a conviction in 2006 involved getting girls to tie him up

His victims were induced to put itching powder down his trousers – but they refused.

Ford also said that he was also involved in sexual activity with children back in the early 80s, when he claimed he was suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Ford attended Torquay Boys Grammar School and studied librarianship and information studies at the University of Leeds.