September 2014

Former West Norfolk man jailed 11 years for sex offences

A former West Norfolk man was jailed for 11 years and placed on the sex offender’s register for a string of sex assaults on a young girl.

Paul Kelly, 56, groomed the girl by showing her pornographic material and abused her over a number of years, starting when she was seven, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Kelly, a motor mechanic, who now lives in Northwich, Cheshire, was found guilty following a trial of 10 counts of sex assault on the girl.

He was also convicted of eight counts of making indecent images and one of possessing indecent images.

Sentencing him, Judge Nicholas Coleman, told Kelly that the victim had suffered severe psychological harm as a result of his abuse.

‘You preyed on her, you groomed her and used her for your own gratification.’

He said that Kelly had shown her pornographic material on the television as a way of grooming her and said: ‘You threatened her as to what would happen if she revealed what you were doing.’

He said by having a trial the victim had the ordeal of coming to court.

‘She had to relive the nightmare. She was deeply affected by your actions. I express the hope that the fact she has been believed will help her in the future.’

As well as jailing Kelly for 11 years, he also made him subject to a sexual offences prevention order, under which he must not have unsupervised contact with girls under 16.

He also is on the sex offender’s register for life