November 2020

Child abuser who ‘wrecked’ young victims’ lives sent to prison

A child abuser has been jailed for seven years after a Judge told him he had wrecked the lives of his two young victims.

Farm worker Kelvin Snow sexually assaulted the girls when they were aged ten to 12 and were visiting his home or being given lifts in his car.

He kissed them both on the mouth in an adult way and put his hands under the clothing of the younger girl and made her touch him in a sexual manner.

Many of these assaults took place in a car park near Teignmouth Golf Club while he was taking her to the town.

The abuse happened 20 years ago but both girls remained silent until the older one went to the police three years ago.

She had suffered depression and self-harm during her teenage years but the trigger for her making disclosures was the birth of her own baby daughter.

It made her realise that she had a responsibility to report what had happened to her. Detectives contacted the second victim, who also agreed to give evidence about what happened to her.

The older victim, who suffered repeated abuse, read out her victim impact statement from behind a screen at Exeter Crown Court.

She said Snow’s actions left her feeling worthless, wrecked her childhood and adolescence, caused her to abuse drink and cannabis for a time, and has affected her relationships ever since.

She suffers from panic attacks and is receiving counselling for post traumatic stress disorder.

She said: “What he did affected so many aspects of my life and I try to deal with it for the sake of my children and my family.”

In a video-recorded police interview, the other victim summed up her feelings by saying ‘what he did ruined everything afterwards’.

Snow, aged 65, of Barnhay, Bampton, denied three counts of indecent assault but was found guilty by a jury at Exeter Crown Court last month.

He was jailed for seven years by Judge David Evans. Snow was put on the sex offenders’ register for life and banned from unsupervised contact with children by a sexual harm prevention order.

The Judge told him: ”Both girls have suffered enduring psychological fall-out while you went on with your own life as if little or nothing had happened.

“They both spoke in their victim personal statements of the significant adverse effects and the continuing problems they have experienced.

“I would like to commend the fortitude they have shown during the course of the investigation.”

During the trial, the older girl told how she was abused repeatedly when Snow was giving her lifts to Teignmouth in the late 1990s and pulled into a layby overlooking the coast.

He touched her, made her touch him, and told her he ‘wanted to be the first’, although his assaults never reached that stage.

She confronted him shortly before she went to the police and punched him in the face after he told her she should just live with it.

The younger girl said she was about ten when he assaulted her during a car journey near the chicken farm where he worked in around 2000.