October 2017

Paedophile sentenced for further offences

James Mitchell

A man already serving life for “an unrelenting journey of sexual abuse & rape of children” has now been jailed for 19 years for similar offences committed with another young victim.

James Mitchell, a former chairman of Sittingbourne Christmas Lights Association, was handed a minimum term of 14 years in October 2012 for a catalogue of offences involving two girls and two boys.

The latest sentence will not add to his time behind bars as he will serve half – nine-and-a-half years – in custody.

A jury convicted the 61-year-old formerly of Invicta Road, Sheerness appeared at Maidstone Crown Court last month for the repeated rape of a schoolboy.

The victim told in a police interview in April 2015 how Mitchell forced himself on him and he was too shocked to fight him off.

“He just wouldn’t stop,” he said.

“I tried and tried to get him off me but he just wouldn’t move. There was nothing I could do.”

Mitchell denied eight rape charges. He was cleared of four of the offences.

“You robbed that child of his childhood… you controlled and manipulated him to maintain his silence” – Judge Philip St John-Stevens

The abuse was reported by the victim three years after Mitchell was jailed for 26 offences – three of rape eight of indecent assault, three of sexual activity with a child, one of gross indecency and 11 other serious sexual offences all involving children

Judge St John-Stevens said he was satisfied Mitchell was dangerous and he would not be released until the parole board was satisfied he no longer posed a risk.

“It was sexual abuse in the most extreme form,” he continued.

“You robbed that child of his childhood. You controlled and manipulated him to maintain his silence.”

Deep and abhorrent anguish was left in the victim’s mind. Mitchell had shown no remorse, the judge added.

October 2012

Sheerness man guilty of rape and sexual abuse jailed for life

A Sheerness man has been jailed for a minimum of 28 years after he raped and abused eight victims over four decades.

James David Mitchell, 56, formerly of Invicta Road, was sentenced yesterday after he was found guilty at Maidstone Crown Court on June 11 following a nine week trial.

Mitchell denied all 35 charges but was found guilty of 26 offences. These included three charges of rape, eight of indecent assault, one of gross indecency, three of sexual activity with a child, and 11 other serious sexual offences.

Police launched an investigation in December 2010, when the first allegations against Mitchell were made.

Following the investigation by the Kent Police Public Protection Unit, Mitchell was charged, and further allegations were reported for which he was charged in January and February.

Detective Sergeant Jerry Clarke from the unit said: “James Mitchell is going to be spending a long time in prison and I hope that his victims are comforted and reassured by this strong sentence.

“I’m also very proud of Detective Constable Hooper for the quality of her investigation. Cases like this are emotionally challenging for all concerned, and this includes the police officers who investigate, and Emily’s painstaking and meticulous investigation has ensured that Mitchell was put before the court.

“Victims of sexual abuse should never be too afraid to report offences and I hope this case serves as an example of how thoroughly we will investigate, and how seriously the courts take such offending.”

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