March 2021

‘Predatory’ paedophile took away young girl’s childhood

A “predatory and practiced” paedophile ruined a young girl’s life when he sexually abused her, a court has heard.

Stanley Richardson took his underage victim to a shed at a house in Whittington, just outside Lichfield, where he performed a sex act in front of her.

He later took her to his bedroom and performed a sex act on her, Stafford Crown Court was told on Wednesday, March 3.

Denying his crimes, he forced the victim to go through a trial to secure his conviction.

The 65-year-old had previously done the same to an earlier victim, an underage teenager who he raped and abused in the 1980s.

He was convicted and given nine years in prison for those offences in 2019 and his most recent victim – who was even younger – read about them in press reports.

Only then did she feel able to fully explain to her mum what Richardson had done to her in the early 2000s and report him to the police. A statement written by the victim was read out by prosecutor Tom Kenning as Richardson was sentenced today.

It said: “I’ve been affected physically, emotionally and psychologically. I’ve had to endure emotional pain.

“What happened to me has caused me to have trust issues with people, ruined my life and taken away my childhood.

“I’ll continue to need support for the rest of my life as this will never go away.”

Sophie Murray, defending, said Richardson had himself been abused during his childhood.

She said: “It’s clear the most recent offending is less serious than what had previously occurred.

“While there’s nothing to assist (the victim) in this case, it’s probably to help her that Mr Richardson is already serving a very long period in custody.

“He’s not a well man. He had a stroke in 2018, until which time he’d worked as a farm labourer, had a fall recently in prison and is due to have a heart operation.

“He left school with no qualifications but had always worked.

“He has a supportive and loving part of his family that he has positively contributed to.

Sentencing judge Recorder Jason MacAdam addressed Richardson via video link in a live stream between the court and HMP Dovegate, where the offender is serving his sentence.

He said: “You are a practiced and predatory paedophile. On the last occasion, you could’ve confessed these crimes.

“Instead, you relied on the victim staying silent, as she had done all these years.

“But she read about your offending in the press and responded to the police’s request for victims to come forward.

“You had a trial, during which you tried to make the jury agree with you that your victims were liars.

“I can give you no credit for any guilty plea or expression of regret.”

Richardson was sentenced to six years for sexual activity with a child under 13 and two years for engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child under 13.

The sentences will be served concurrently, meaning they amount to six years.

However, they will be served consecutively to Richardson’s current nine-year sentence, meaning he will serve an extra six years behind bars.

He had already been put on the sex offender’s register for life, but Recorder MacAdam imposed a sexual harm prevention order, also for life.

February 2019

Lichfield man jailed for sex offences involving young girl

A 63-year-old Lichfield man has been jailed for nine years for a series of historic sex offences committed against a young girl. 

Stanley Richardson, of Chapel Lane, Whittington, was found guilty of one count of rape and five counts of indecent assault, following a trial at Stafford Crown Court, on 13th December. 

The court was told Richardson, who was aged in his late-20s at the time of the offences, helped out at Whittington Youth Club. 

Three separate incidents took place in the early 1980s at Whittington Youth Club. The girl was aged under 13 years at the time.