March 2018

Leyland child rapist given replacement court order to protect public

A Leyland rapist who was at the centre of the UK arm of a global paedophile ring has been given a new court order to protect the public.

Delwyn Savigar, 43, was jailed for 14 years in 2010 for the rape of a 13-year-old in a Penwortham field, an attempted rape and an indecent assault on two further victims.

Savigar, who worked as a driver for a Leyland drinks distributor, set up an internet bulletin board in which he and others shared 300,000 sickening images of naked children in “erotic” poses.

Savigar made contact with a man in Peru via cyberspace and arranged to buy webspace and host the site on a US server.

He pasted images on there and a global audience put their own images on.

An probe was launched by the US Department of Justice which identified a US server hosting illegal websites.

Police were alerted to Savigar’s site but it took nearly a year of intense investigation to bring up his name.

DNA evidence taken after his arrest in September 2008 for possessing and distributing indecent images of children linked him to sex attacks in Lancashire.

The indefinite sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) made at Preston Crown Court replaces his previous sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) and bans him from contact with children, unless inadvertent, and from using internet devices unless they retain his search history.

April 2010

Leyland paedophile rapist caught by web role is jailed

A man who was exposed as a rapist after he was caught running a picture-sharing website for paedophiles has been jailed for 14 years.

Delwyn Savigar, of Leyland, Lancashire, was arrested in a worldwide inquiry into the internet group in 2008.

DNA samples were taken which linked him with three attacks, including the rape of a 13-year-old girl in Preston.

Savigar, who admitted the attacks, was described by a judge at Preston Crown Court as a “very dangerous man”.

The court heard that his rape victim was attacked while walking to school through fields in Penwortham on 30 April 2002.

Seventeen days earlier he attempted to rape another 13-year-old girl who had been sitting on a bench on a country lane in Much Hoole.

She escaped when he was “spooked” by a passing vehicle, the court heard.

In April 1999, he indecently assaulted a 16-year-old girl on playing fields in Walton-le-Dale.

Sentencing at Preston Crown Court, Judge Edward Slinger said: “These offences are of the kind that every woman fears. Violent sexual assaults following stalking and in isolated areas.

“These young women have had to live with the horror for many years, remain deeply distressed and what what has happened will be with them for many years.”

Wicked crimes

In January, Savigar, of Queensway, Leyland, pleaded guilty to both the attempted rape and indecent assault.

He pleaded guilty at earlier hearings to the rape and the possession and distribution of the indecent level one images of children being abused.

Savigar was sentenced to six years each for the rape and the attempted rape and two years for the indecent assault, all to run consecutively.

A jail term of four months for the indecent photographs was imposed to run concurrently.

He will remain on extended licence for 10 years after his release from prison.

Speaking after the hearing, Det Insp Nina Foley, who led the investigation, said the sentence reflected the “very serious nature of the wicked crimes Savigar committed”.

“He is clearly a dangerous, predatory and shameless individual who took advantage of the innocent nature of his victims and my thoughts are with them,” she said.