March 2019

Convicted child sex offender faces new trial

A Convicted paedophile ‘took the innocence’ of a young girl when he sexually abused her decades ago, a Royal Court trial has heard.

Robert George Carrel is standing trial accused of a string of sexual offences against a girl under the age of ten.

The charges date back around 30 years.

The 63-year-old, who now lives in the UK, allegedly took his victim to his flat where he forced her to touch him sexually – before rewarding her with ‘presents and sweets’.

At the first day of his Assize trial, the jury of eight women and four men heard from the alleged victim who said that Mr Carrel groomed her and that she ‘trusted him’.

She said: ‘At first I think he lured me in with a false sense of security. I trusted him.

‘At the time I thought he cared about me and I didn’t understand what was going on. I wanted to believe he did care.

‘He would take me to the bathroom. He used to make me do things and tell me I was a good girl and I would get rewarded with presents and sweets.’

She said she specifically remembered receiving a ‘teddy bear with a red love heart’ as a present following one of the occasions on which she was abused.

‘When I look at it as an adult, he saw a young girl and took her home and he knew what he was doing and he groomed me,’ she said.

‘I got abused and my life was ruined from that. I wasn’t safe anymore. He took my innocence.’

The court heard that Mr Carrel had been imprisoned in the UK for a separate ‘child-sex conviction’.

Advocate James Bell, defending, said that the alleged victim in this case did not make a report to the police until after Mr Carrel had been released from a UK prison.

He suggested the alleged victim had sought a ‘good person to blame’ for her personal problems and that the abuse she suffered had in fact been at the hands of a different man.

The woman said: ‘I have not passed the blame onto someone else. I would not send an innocent man to jail.’

Outlining the case, Crown Advocate Richard Pedley, prosecuting, said that Mr Carrel had been returned to Jersey on an arrest warrant.

He said: ‘The term used is historic sexual abuse. I would suggest that when you hear the live evidence, it does not feel historic.

‘Memories, as you know, are not necessarily linear. But you remember the most significant things in your life.’

Commissioner Julian Clyde-Smith was presiding. The trial continues.

June 2010

Colne paedophile jailed for 12 years

A FATHER-of-one who urged a confused seven-year-old to copy what a porn star was doing in a film he was watching has been jailed for 12 years.

Robert Carrel, 54, also groped an 11-year-old girl and forced her to perform a sex act on him, Preston Crown Court was told.

He denied rape, four offences of indecency with children and two charges of sexual activity with a child but was convicted after an earlier trial in Burnley.

Judge Jonathan Gibson, who banned him from working with children for life or associating with them, said both his victims had been vulnerable.

But as he was jailed Carrel, of Belgrave Road, Colne, shouted: “I’m not guilty – you’re a dead judge.”

Carrel suffered a massive heart attack while on remand for the sex attacks and underwent a quadruple bypass operation, the court was told.

The younger girl was involved by Carrel in sexual conduct when she was aged both seven, and again when she was eight.

The older girl, who did not know the other youngster, was 11 and was also asked to perform sex acts on him.

Hugh Barton, defending, said: “He is still not in the best of health and is still on medication. One has to say that at this stage his life expectancy is not particularly good. It can be measured in years, but not that many.”

Carrel, who was convicted of unlawful intercourse aged 19, for having sex with a younger partner, still maintained his innocence, he added.

Following the case, Det Con Julia Hodgson, from the police public protection unit, who investigated Carrel along with Det Con Joanne Pemberton, then of Pendle CID, said the jail sentence imposed might bring ‘closure’ for his two victims.

“The events, as described in court, indicate they have been through an horrific ordeal and this sentence is more than satisfactory in the circumstances,” she said.