September 2016

Paedophile ‘may never see outside world again’ after ‘despicable’ abuse of schoolboy


A 78-year-old paedophile given a 16 year prison sentence for repeatedly abusing a schoolboy “may never see the outside world again,” a court heard.

Kenneth Sturgess befriended the 11-year-old youngster in a park in the 1980s, by offering to fix his broken roller skate.

It led to the child being groomed and abused.

He showed the victim pornography and gave him cash and gifts to buy his silence about their regular meetings.

When the boy turned 16, Sturgess dropped him telling him he was “too old,” which led to the confused and distressed victim self-harming and burning himself, Mary Prior, prosecuting, told Leicester Crown Court.

Sturgess, of Station Close, Kirby Muxloe, was convicted by a jury unanimously of six counts of indecently assaulting a male, four counts of gross indecency with the same boy and one of causing him actual bodily harm, between 1982 and 1988.

He denied the offences claiming he met the complainant when he was older than 16 and had a friendship that was not sexually motivated.

In an impact statement, the victim said: “What happened in my childhood affected me in many different ways.

“I was deprived of a normal childhood or adolescence and didn’t have a normal sexual awakening.

“I’m not sure what my sexuality is.

“If this hadn’t happened to me I might be happily married with kids and grandchildren.”

He described how the abuse had “skewed” his perception and affected his schooling and career; leaving him with feelings of “low self-worth,” anxiety, panic attacks and taking medication for depression.

He had also previously abused drugs and alcohol to numb out the memories.

In 2011, Sturgess, then of Keightley Road, New Parks, Leicester, was jailed for six years after admitting similar sexual offences upon a boy aged between 13 and 14, in the 1990’s.

Sentencing him on Thursday for the 1980’s offences, Judge Ebraham Mooncey said: “You have done despicable things to him, you corrupted him and he’s tried to take his own life because of what you’ve done to him.

“He’s been living with that burden for a very long time.”

Christopher Johnston, mitigating after the verdicts, said the defendant, who suffered from a heart problem, could expect to serve two thirds of his sentence.

He said: “He may not live out the sentence; it’s a matter of conjecture bearing in mind his ill health.

“I ask Your Honour to afford mercy, because of the possibility he may not see the outside world again.”

Judge Mooncey told the defendant: “I bear in mind what Mr Johnston says about whether you will be able to serve out the whole sentence or not.”

The 16 year jail sentence included an additional one year extension to the licence period.

The defendant was placed on a sexual harm prevention order and his address will be on a police sex offender register for life.

November 2011

Sex abuser sees prison sentence cut on appeal

A paedophile who “devastated” an innocent schoolboy’s life by repeatedly abusing him has had his sentence cut by judges at London’s Appeal Court.

Kenneth Sturgess (73), of Keightley Road, New Parks, Leicester, was jailed for six years at the city’s crown court, in May, after admitting indecent assault and possessing indecent pictures of children.

Sir Christopher Holland, sitting at the Appeal Court with Lord Justice Moore-Bick and Mr Justice Irwin, said the loner groomed and molested his victim after befriending the youngster.

He gave him gifts and lured him to his bedroom, where the abuse took place.

Sturgess, despite his guilty pleas, is “in denial” about his conduct, the Appeal Court heard.

But Sir Christopher concluded the crown court judge had “pitched the sentence too high”, and reduced it to four-and-a-half years.