July 2021

Sexual predator jailed for 14 years for abusing four young girls

A 39-year-old man who sexually abused four young girls in two counties has this week been jailed for 14 years.

Gareth Berry committed the offences at addresses in Northampton and Leicester between 2011 and 2016. The youngest victim was just 12 when Berry began abusing her.
In 2016, two victims living in Northampton reported the abuse to Northamptonshire Police and an investigation began.
As a result of enquires into the circumstances, two victims living in Leicester identified themselves to Leicestershire Police and said they too had been sexually abused by Berry.
Despite denying the allegations he was charged with a string of offences. On Thursday, July 22, following a trial at Leicester Crown Court, Berry – of Houldsworth Crescent in Coventry – was found guilty of six counts of sexually assaulting a child under 13, three counts of sexual activity with a child, and one count of assaulting a child under 13 by penetration.
At his sentencing on Tuesday, July 27, he was sentenced to 14 years with an extended licence period of one year.

He was also made subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and has been placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.