April 2021

Paedophile let-off with fine 30 years ago continued to commit his sickening crimes

A paedophile who was let off with a fine after sexually assaulting a girl at a swimming pool has been jailed after committing the same crime three decades later.

Patrick Kelly, 65, was hauled before the courts in 1984 for what was then-described as ‘indecent touching’ of a little girl under her swimming costume.

He received only a fine for the crime.

More than 30 years later, Kelly has been jailed after pleading guilty to three counts of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13.

The victim’s family watched tearfully from the public gallery as he appeared in Bolton Crown Court

The court heard how Kelly abused the child on three occasions by touching her inappropriately under their clothes for as much as 40 minutes.

He also ‘set up’ scenarios where he would have access to the child’s body.

When the victim told their family what was happening, Kelly claimed to police that any contact was ‘accidental’ and was ‘not sexually motivated’ before pleading guilty.

The victim is now a ‘different child’ to the one their family knew before the abuse took place, read prosecutor Daniel Calder from a statement given by the victim’s mother.

“The life of [my child], the life of the whole family has been turned upside down,” the statement read.

“Everything [they] held inside [them] is coming out through [their behaviour now].

“[They] get upset at night. [They] don’t know why [they] cry.

“Prior to this, [they] were very laid back.

“[They] are not the same child as [they were] prior to this.

“We want to forget what has happened but I’m scared about the lasting impact.

“It’s caused me and my family to question every aspect of what has happened and the unknown. There’s so many things we don’t know that have affected [our child].

“A young [child] should not have had to go through what [they] have.”

The judge determined that despite his health issues, Kelly, of Tabley Road in Bolton, would be made to serve a custodial term and sentenced the offender to three years in prison.

Judge Timothy Stead said: “He continues to deny he had any sexual interest in children but these convictions make that untenable.

“[The 1980s] were very different times. I do not wish to comment on the sentencing regimes of some 30 years ago. Less enlightened times.

“I’m fairly confident that it would not be a fine if he were sentenced today.”

Kelly was also made the subject of a restraining order, a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will be on the Sex Offender Register for life.