September 2016: Now released

October 2012

Paedophile jailed for six more years

A PREDATORY paedophile who was due to be released from prison this year has been jailed for a further six years after admitting fresh charges.

Adrian Henderson-Thynne, from Thorntree, Middlesbrough was jailed indefinitely in August last year for abusing two boys, both aged under 13, on Teesside.

Families of the victims were left outraged when Henderson-Thynne successfully appealed the sentence meaning he could be released this year.

However the 74-year-old retired milkman will remain behind bars after he pleaded guilty to two new charges – three counts of indecent assault on a male and two counts of gross indecency on a child.

He admitted the charges at Winchester Crown Court last month and was sentenced to six years in prison.

The mother of one of the Teesside boys abused by the predatory paedophile last year said she is pleased he will remain behind bars.

She said: “I was horrified when I was told he may come out. I dreaded ever bumping into him and I feared for my son. I think he is a danger to children and the thought of him being let out terrified me.

“I am glad this other victim has now come forward and I urge any other victims, if there are any, to do the same.

“This man needs to stay behind bars. I feel that he should never be released to be able to do this again.”

The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said her son is still scarred from the abuse which she says went on for an eight-month period.

She said: “He has had counselling but he is still struggling. I think this is something that will have an effect on him for the rest of his life. He will never forget it.

“He used to tell me everything but now he is very quiet.”

After Henderson-Thynne was jailed indefinitely last year, appeal judges quashed the sentenced and imposed a term of three years and four months.

Henderson-Thynne was expected to then serve half of that before immediate release.

He had admitted his sexual preference was young boys and had a history of child abuse. In the 1970s and 1980s he targeted boys helping him on his milk round.

December 2011

Families’ horror as jail term is cut for abuser

THE families of two young boys abused by a predatory paedophile have described their horror after top judges slashed his jail term.

They are outraged that Adrian Henderson-Thynne could be back on the streets by as early as next year after he successfully appealed his sentence.

The 73-year-old retired milkman had been jailed indefinitely at Teesside Crown Court in August for three counts of molesting two boys.

And the mother of one of the victims – who were both aged under 13 at the time of the attacks – told the Gazette that both families were horrified by news of the appeal.

“We both feel so angry that a man as dangerous as him will be allowed back into the community, where he might not only be a danger to other children, but also to the victims themselves,” she said.

“We feel he should never be released to be able to do this again.”

Both victims, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were severely affected by Henderson-Thynne’s abuse, say their relatives.

“At the time, my son changed his behaviour,” said one mum. “I had no idea – I just thought it was his age. He started wetting the bed. And he was always asking what would happen to him if I died. He won’t sit and talk about it. He’s just blocking it out.”

Appeal Court judges in London quashed the original sentence and imposed a term of three years and four months. Henderson-Thynne, of Barrington Crescent, Thorntree, Middlesbrough, will serve only half of that before immediate release.

He had admitted his sexual preference was young boys and had a history of child abuse. In the 1970s and 1980s he targeted boys helping him on his milk round.

But the appeal court judges said they were concerned Henderson-Thynne might have been sentenced for the latest attacks on a mistaken basis.

Both the Crown court judge and a probation officer who compiled his pre-sentence report had made reference to the pensioner having offended over many decades. Judge Anthony Morris QC, sitting at the Court of Appeal, said the previous convictions were serious aggravating features but it would be wrong to assume anything had happened between 1983 and 2010.

Another relative of one of most recent victims said: “It’s all about protecting him.

“We’ve been told we can’t go near him when he gets out. What about all the children who could be put in danger from him?”