May 2021

Camelford ex-postman boasted to ‘girl’ about previous sexual activity with a child

A paedophile former postman has avoided prison despite boasting to who he believed to be a 14-year-old girl about how he’d engaged in sexual activity with children before.

Andrew Vince, 52, requested a picture of the ‘girl’ so he could ejaculate onto it before offering to drive to the other end of the country to meet her

Vince, of Helstone near Camelford, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence having pleaded guilty to producing a Class B drug, attempting to cause a child to watch images of sexual activity and attempted sexual communications with a child.

Prosecuting the case, Ramsay Quaife said that in 2018 Vince was using an internet chatroom speaking to he thought was a 14-year-old girl called Phoebe. Phoebe was in fact an undercover police officer.

Vince was using the chatroom under the username 51paedo and said he was a 51-year-old called Martin from Cornwall.

Vince told Phoebe he liked to have sex with children and when Phoebe asked him if he’d met girls before he replied “yes, she was 10 and sucked me in the car”.

During the chat Vince sent Phoebe images of adults having sex and Vince told her he’d like to f*** her.

He then suggested he drove to Newcastle to meet her before requesting a photo so he could use it as a masturbation aid.

When police attended Vince’s address in 2020 they found 20 cannabis plants at the rear of the property.

Vince previously worked as a postman in his local area before being dismissed.

Judge Robert Linford, believing Vince can be better rehabilitated in the community, sentenced him to a three year community order with accredited sexual offending programme as directed by the Probation Officer.

He was made subject of a 10 year sexual harm prevention order and must sign the sex offenders’ register for five years.

Vince was fined £250 for the cannabis.