Colin Taylor – Hartlepool
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Judge’s hands tied while sentencing man who abused children when he was just 10
A judge’s hands were tied while sentencing a man who sexually abused children when he was just 10.
Colin Taylor carried out the abuse in the 1980s but due to his age and the law at the time, Judge Jonathan Carroll could only hand him a community order.
Aisha Wadoodi, prosecuting, told Teesside Crown Court how he committed three separate offences against different victims.
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She said that the victim was offered sweets in order to remain silent.
Taylor, now 47, of Everett Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to three counts of Indecent assault on a girl under 14.
Judge Carroll told David Lamb, defending, that his his hands were tied in terms of sentencing.
He said he would have to apply the powers that would have existed for a 10-year-old child at the time.
The judge told Taylor that he had read the victim impact statement and there was no doubt they had been left with “distress” as a result of his behaviour.
He said: “But you were only 10 years old when you committed these offences and the court’s sentencing powers are limited to what would have been available to the court back in 1985 to 1986.”
Judge Carroll said that at that time and at that age, there was no custodial sentence available.
He sentenced Taylor to a 12 month community order with a supervision requirement for 12 months.
Taylor was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for two-and-a-half years.
Judge Carroll said: “You will have to register with the local police station and because a 10-year-old would have a maximum of two-and-a-half years registration that is what I will impose upon you.”