July 2017

Dangerous paedo abused up to 80 boys 

A father has finally seen justice served decades after a monstrous paedophile attempted to rape his son before leaving him for dead.

Pervert John William Sykes has been described as a dangerous sexual predator who claimed to have abused up to 80 young boys.

Already serving an indefinite sentence of imprisonment for public protection for child sex offences , today the 53-year-old was sentenced for two serious sexual offences and a string of indecent assaults against a young boy in the 1990s.

He will now effectively be in jail for the rest of his life.

Speaking to The Gazette after the hearing, the victim’s father said: “This conviction has opened up many years of hell for me.

“I’ve suffered from post traumatic stress disorder after finding my boy left for dead.

“It has caused me to lose friends and family as I isolated myself.

“This has been a long road for me. I hope this is the beginning of the end aso I can get on with my life.”

Sykes had been due to stand trial at Teesside Crown Court in June, having denied his crimes.

But at the eleventh hour, Sykes, from central Middlesbrough and later Grangetown, admitted seven counts of indecent assault and two other serious sexual offences.

Prosecutor Dan Cordey said that Sykes’ crimes against the boy first emerged in the 1990s when the victim was “found unconscious with serious head injuries”.

He said that in his physical attack on the victim, Sykes had “attempted to silence him” for what he “had said or would say”.

He added that Sykes was imprisoned for inflicting grievous bodily harm, but was never charged for his sexual offences against the victim because DNA evidence had not yet advanced far enough.

In a statement read to the court, the victim said: “This has totally ruined my life. My childhood was stolen from me.

“There are nights when I’m afraid to go to sleep. I can’t trust anyone.”

He added that the stress caused by the events ruined his family life and his parents’ relationship.

Judge Tony Briggs gave Sykes a 10-year prison sentence which will be served consecutively to his current sentences.

However, the indefinite sentence he is already service effectively means Sykes is unlikely to ever be released.

Addressing the defendant via video link to HMP Holme House, the judge said: “You are highly dangerous.

“It should be understood by the public that, in effect, the sentence is one of life imprisonment.”

He was jailed indefinitely, with a minimum of 42 months, in Leeds in 2010 for sexual activity with a child and a breach of a sexual offences prevention order.

In May 2014 he was locked up for six years and nine months for indecent assaults on another boy in the 1990s.

He smiled as his depraved acts were described in court during that hearing.

It was in that case that claims were heard he had abused up to 80 other boys.

June 2017

‘Rot in hell’ – one of Teesside’s most dangerous paedophiles admits further abuse

A monstrous paedophile could face a life sentence after he admitted a catalogue of sex crimes against a young boy

John William Sykes, 53, has been described as a dangerous sexual predator who claimed to have abused up to 80 young boys.

He is already serving an indefinite sentence of imprisonment for public protection – similar to life – for child sex offences.

He was due to stand trial at Teesside Crown Court today, having denied a string of sex crimes against an underage boy in Middlesbrough.

No trial took place as Sykes pleaded guilty to nine sex offences against the boy in the 1990s.

Sykes, from central Middlesbrough and later Grangetown, admitted seven counts of indecent assault and two other serious sexual offences.

Several charges emerged from Sykes’ own confession, including an admission made to another young victim of his appalling crime

Sentencing was adjourned for a victim personal statement, pre-sentence report and possible psychiatric or psychological reports.

Judge Simon Hickey told Sykes: “You have admitted extremely serious offences against a background of serious offences.

“It’s a very significant sentence that awaits.”

He warned Sykes he faced another prison term and the sentencing judge would consider a discretionary life sentence or an extended sentence.

Sykes, latterly of Leeds and Warwickshire, was remanded in custody until sentencing on July 21, when the case will be fully outlined in court.

As he was led from the dock, the father of the victim rose from his seat in the public gallery and said to him across the courtroom: “Rot in hell you little rat.”

The dad apologised for his outburst to the judge, who said he understood the years of emotion and hurt while advising him to keep his composure.

The court heard previously how Sykes attacked an 8 year old boy, leaving him lying unconscious with a fractured skull and brain swelling.

When the boy regained consciousness he revealed he had been sexually assaulted by Sykes, who tried to kill him to silence him.

Sykes later admitted as much to another victim.

He denied attempted murder but admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm and was jailed for four years in 1995.

He was jailed indefinitely, with a minimum of 42 months, in Leeds in 2010 for sexual activity with a child and a breach of a sexual offences prevention order.

In May 2014 he was locked up for six years and nine months for indecent assaults on another boy in the 1990s.

He smiled as his depraved acts were described in court during that hearing.

Peter Makepeace QC, prosecuting in the 2014 case, said: “He claims to have abused up to 80 other boys.
“It is apparent that he poses a significant risk.”

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, then told Sykes he was a dangerous sexual predator of young boys.

The judge said: “You groom them, and you do it for one reason, to satiate your lust.

“The risk you pose to the public is the risk to young boys of sexual offences and of serious violence to young boys.

“And I note from your attitude and conduct in this dock it is of extreme indifference to you.”

May 2014

Dangerous predator admits trying to kill an eight-year-old Teesside boy to silence him

A smiling monster who claims to have sexually abused more than 80 boys has admitted trying to kill an eight-year-old.

As John Sykes was today jailed for six years and nine months, a court heard that he confessed to another victim that he had attacked the boy in order to silence him.

Police are now appealing for anyone to come forward who believes they were also a victim of the 50-year-old.

One victim, who was then aged 14, said that Sykes told him: “You know what happened to little (the eight-year-old) you don’t want that to happen to you or your sister, do you?

“I had to kill the little *******. I don’t know how he survived. I went to town with him.”

Prosecutor Peter Makepeace told Teesside Crown Court that the threats left the boy too terrified to report Sykes’ assaults.

The victim revealed them to family in July last year.

Sykes, from the St Hilda’s area of Middlesbrough and later of Grangetown, denied attempted murder.

And the Crown accepted his guilty plea to inflicting grievous bodily harm at Teesside Crown Court in the 1990s. He was jailed.

Sykes is currently serving an indeterminate sentence, with a minimum of 42 months, imposed at Leeds Crown Court in June 2010.

That was for sexual activity with a child and a breach of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

His latest sentence will begin after December next year, which was the earliest previous date that he could apply for parole.

But Sykes, who smiled as his depraved acts were described in the prosecution opening, may not be released for years – if ever.

Mr Makepeace added: “He claims to have abused up to 80 other boys,with a predeliction for boys of eight to ten years of age, and it is apparent that he poses a significant risk.”

Paul Cleasby, defending, said the matter was clearly a grave case.

And he asked the judge to bear in mind the totality of any sentence because Sykes was likely to serve much longer than the parole application date for his previous offences.

Teesside’s most senior judge, the Recorder of Middlesbrough Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, told Sykes that he was a dangerous sexual predator of young boys.

“You groom them, you ingratiate yourself with their families, and you do it for one reason to satiate your lust,” the judge said.

“The risk you pose to the public is the risk to young boys of sexual offences and of serious violence to young boys.

“And I note from your attitude and conduct in this dock it is of extreme indifference to you.”

Sykes targeted boys by offering to babysit, which led to them staying overnight at his home.

The eight-year-old was in Sykes’ care when he was found lying unconscious with a fractured skull and swelling of the brain in an alleyway.

Mr Makepeace said Sykes told the parents when they returned from a night out that the boy had run away in the middle of the night.

But when the boy regained consciousness he revealed that he had been sexually assaulted by Sykes.

The defendant had then taken the boy from his home and tried to kill him to prevent him from telling what had happened.

Sykes, whose previous address was Sunnybank Road, Mirfield, Leeds, was sentenced to 81 months jail after he pleaded guilty to three specimen charges of indecent assault on a child and five actual offences.

Detective Sergeant Dave Smith said anyone who believes they may have been a victim of Sykes should contact him on the 101 number.

March 2014

Jailed paedophile in court on new child abuse charges

A PAEDOPHILE who is serving an indefinite sentence has appeared in court on fresh child abuse charges.

John Sykes, 50, pleaded guilty to eight counts of indecent assault on a male child dating back to the 1990s.

He will be sentenced at Teesside Crown Court next month once probation officers compile a background report.

Sykes is serving his sentence in HMP Leeds following a conviction at the city’s crown court in June 2012.

The new offences relate to a series of attacks on a boy in Middlesbrough between 1991 and 1993.

As he was taken from the dock back into custody, people in the public gallery shouted “dirty b**tard” and “f***ing rat”.

The five-foot pervert, who is originally from Teesside, will be sentenced on April 25.

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