August 2020

Man jailed for ten years for ‘appalling’ offences that ruined the lives of two girls

A man has been jailed after a series of “appalling and disgraceful” sexual offences on young girls.

John Baldwin, of Money Bridge Lane, Pinchbeck, abused two young girls over two separate periods – causing “immense harm” to his victims.

Lincoln Crown Court was told on Friday, August 21, that the 78-year-old had ruined the lives of his victims through the abuse.

The first period of abuse was against a young girl between December 1987 and December 1995, with a second girl being subjected to similar offences between February 2006 and February 2007.

Sarah Knight, prosecuting, said some of the offences had been discovered in 2018 when one of the victims messaged her mother to reveal she had been sexually abused when she was 10.

Following this, a second victim came forward saying Baldwin had abused her between the ages of eight and 15.

Miss Knight said Baldwin had been brazen in how he carried out the abuse.

The older victim told the court in an impact statement that the abuse had left her unable to sustain a long-term relationship with a man.

“I lost my life from the day it started,” she said. 

“I’ve had to live with it for 33 years.”

She added that she had not had children because she feared they might be abused like she was and she wouldn’t be able to protect them.

The second victim said she had wanted to die when she was a teenager because she could not bear the memories of what she had been subjected to.

Baldwin pleaded guilty to eight charges of indecent assault on a young girl and a further charge of indecency with a child in relation to the first victim.

He also pleaded guilty to four charges of sexual assault on a girl in relation to the second.

Jailing him for ten and a half years, Judge John Pini QC, said Baldwin’s conduct was “appalling and disgraceful”.

“It is clear that you have done immense harm,” he said. 

“The fact that you have to serve a prison sentence now is the inevitable consequence of the fact that you escaped justice for so long.”

In addition to his jail sentence, Baldwin was ordered to be placed on the sex offenders register for life and given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.