May 2021

Paedophile jailed for child sex offences

A former Welwyn Garden City man has been jailed for 10 years for child sex offences against two young girls in the 1970s and 80s. 

Trevor Lockwood, aged 77, of Ryton in Tamworth, Staffordshire, appeared at St Albans Crown Court after being found guilty yesterday of five counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency against the two female victims. 

The court heard that Lockwood – who was living as a Jehovah’s Witness in Welwyn Garden City at the time – abused the girls, who were both under the age of 10, over the course of several years between the late 1970s and late 1980s. 

He threatened one of his victims, saying that God was watching and that if she told anyone about what he had done, she or her loved ones would die. 

Herts police’s Historic Child Abuse Investigation Unit was first made aware of Lockwood’s offending in 2018, when both victims bravely disclosed the abuse they had suffered as children. 

Lockwood – who had by then moved to Staffordshire – was arrested and interviewed, but maintained his innocence before pleading not guilty, leading to a trial.