June 2021

Paedophile William Clapham, 85, jailed for decades of abuse

A “predatory paedophile” who and raped and sexually abused children over seven decades has been jailed for 15 years.

William Clapham, 85, who was known in Stamford for the taxi firm he ran, committed offences against seven different girls. He was also convicted of showing pornography to a young boy.

Jailing him at Lincoln Crown Court Judge Catarina Sjolin Knight said he had been “a predatory paedophile for almost the whole of your adult life”.

Clapham, of Drift Avenue, Stamford, was convicted after a trial of 20 offences, including rape and indecent assault.

One of his victims died before she was able to see him brought to justice.

Clapham, who earlier in his life ran a taxi and coach business in Stamford, claimed to the jury he had been framed and his victims were lying.

But the jury found him guilty of a total of 20 charges.

The court was told that back in 1963 Clapham sought electric shock treatment after telling his GP that he had a sexual interest in young children but failed to mention he had already acted on his urges and he then continued to abuse more children over the years.

Jeremy Janes, prosecuting, said the lives of the victims have been ruined by Clapham.

One of the victims, in an impact statement, said “He makes my skin crawl. He frightens me to death.”

Others spoke of having sleepless nights and having their lives devastated as a result of what Clapham did to them.