August 2021

Father’s worst nightmare as he catches Shrewsbury paedophile abusing daughter

Mark Snell

A depraved paedophile is behind bars after a shocked father caught him abusing his daughter.

Mark Snell, 52, of Shrewsbury, got the young girl alone and only stopped the abuse when her father discovered what was going on.

When the victim told her parents about the abuse, Snell attempted to hide an erection as he was confronted by the girl’s fathe

When Snell’s home was searched his phone was found hidden with close-up pictures of the victim’s private parts.

He also filmed the incident so he could relive his sick attack.

Prosecuting the case, Brian Fitzherbert described in graphic detail how Snell engaged in sexual activity with the girl.

She has now become withdrawn and upset as a result of the abuse, which took place in Cornwall.

During her police interview the victim spoke of how Snell told her to keep it quiet. His DNA was found on her during a medical examination.

Sentencing Snell, Judge Simon Carr said he had no doubt that if the girl’s father didn’t discover what was happening, the abuse would have continued.

He added: “The effect on the victim will take many years to become clear but the experience of the courts is that it will likely be a lifelong impact.

“You still claim to have no sexual interest in children but filmed her vagina on your phone to have something to relive the abuse you inflicted.”

Snell was jailed for six years at Truro Crown Court after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual assaults of a girl under 13 and making an indecent Category C image of a child. He must also sign the sex offenders’ register.