August 2011

Indefinite sentence for dangerous paedophile

A PAEDOPHILE who poses a high risk of danger to children will only ever be released when the Parole Board deem it safe to do so.

Jack Grant, 46, was sentenced to imprisonment for public protection (IPP) at Northampton Crown Court yesterday for offences including rapes of a child.

He was found guilty of 13 offences against three young children, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Judge Charles Wide QC said he would have jailed him for 18 years had he not concluded that Grant was a dangerous offender who poses a continued serious risk to the public, especially young girls. Instead he imposed IPP with a minimum term of nine years.

Grant, of no fixed address, will now be on licence and liable for recall to prison for the rest of his life and will only be released when no longer a danger.

The judge said: “That is the earliest time you will be considered for parole. Many prisoners go a long way past the earliest release date.”

Grant, originally from Scotland, will also be on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Judge Wide said: “Your sexual offending went on for years and years, as you moved relentlessly from one girl onto the next to satisfy your sexual desires, perverted sexual desires but there was also an element to all of this of power and control.

“You were also relentless in the way you controlled the girls who were very young when the abuse started. It was offending of a very serious kind – repeated acts which must have destroyed their childhoods.”

The judge said Grant’s control over one of his victims was clearly still apparent as she had tried to withdraw her allegations after providing police with a detailed account of the abuse, which she said happened regularly.

He added: “It’s obvious that she was utterly infatuated with you – that’s a measure of the damage you have done to her. These are offences of the gravest kind, against the background of a man with numerous previous convictions including violence.”

Rosa Dean, mitigating, said Grant still denies committing the offences, despite being convicted.

Det Sgt James Larkin, of Northamptonshire Police, said: “This has been a difficult and protracted enquiry requiring all three victims to relive their experiences in court in the presence of their abuser.

“On behalf of the victims, I’m satisfied they can now be given the opportunity to rebuild their lives with their abuser remaining in custody for a significant period.

“However, no sentence can justify the abuse they have suffered.

“The dedication of the officers and staff in the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, in supporting all victims throughout the judicial process, demonstrates the professionalism and patience needed to support vulnerable victims through the legal process.”