Update: Morrow is now dead

November 2010

Orford man wins appeal

A PAEDOPHILE who abused a catalogue of children over 25 years has had his jail term cut.

Barry Morrow, aged 62, of Cabul Close, Orford, was jailed for 15 years at Chester Crown Court in May after he was convicted of incedent assault, indecency with a child, sexual assault and rape.

But judges at London’s Criminal Appeal Court heard on Thursday that Morrow had suffered from heart problems, diabetes and anti-depressants since being jailed.

Mr Justice Henriques said some of Morrow’s crimes dated back to the 1980s, when he befriended an 11-year-old girl before indecently touching her. In the 1990s, he continued his abuse when he molested another girl, also aged 11.

Two years later, when the girl was 13, the police were told of the abuse. But, despite arresting Morrow, police felt there was not enough evidence to charge him.

The following year, Morrow found another victim, who this time was aged only eight. The judge told the court Morrow raped the child twice as well as subjecting her to other abuse.

Simon Berkson, defending Morrow, said while the individual sentences for the separate offences were not ‘manifestly excessive’, the 15-year total was over the top.

Mr Justice Henriques, sitting with Lord Justice Pitchford and Judge John Milford QC, granted the criminal’s appeal and reduced the sentence to 13 years.

The judge said: “We have concluded that, whilst this sentence was calculated with precision and entirely in accordance with the sentencing guidelines, we feel able to adjust it to a modest degree to recognise that the totality of the sentence, together with the appellant’s health and age, do merit some modest reduction.

“Justice will be served in this case if we reduce the total sentence to one of 13 years.”

Morrow is on the Sex Offenders Register and prevented him from working with children for the rest of his life.

He will serve half of his sentence before being released.