May 2018

Sheffield paedophile jailed for 24 years for sexually abusing young girls

A Sheffield man has been jailed for 24-years after being found guilty of a string of historical sex offences committed against two young girls, who were aged between seven and eight-years-old when the abuse began.

Neil Beeken was sentenced to 24-years in prison on Thursday, May 17, following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court where jurors found him guilty of six sex offences committed in Sheffield between 1994 and 2011.

Opening the case earlier this month, prosecutor, Paul O’Shea, told jurors how Beeken’s accusers reported him to police, after an article about him being convicted of sex offences was published in a newspaper in 2015.

He was part way through serving a five-year sentence for that spate of sex offences when this latest trial started on May 8, 2018.

Both of the girls abused by Beeken, some 12 years apart, were around the age of seven or eight when it began, the court heard. Neither victim can be named for legal reasons.

Both of the girls abused by Beeken, some 12 years apart, were around the age of seven or eight when it began, the court heard. Neither victim can be named for legal reasons.

The first offence committed by Beeken relates to an act of indecency with Girl A in 1994, when he exposed himself to her and attempted to get her to perform a sex act on him. The five counts relating to Girl B took place place between 2006 and 2011.

Prior to his offending against Girl B starting, Beeken groomed the girl by telling her she was ‘special’ and by making her watch pornography, the court heard. “He committed a number of sexual offences against her which followed, the Crown say, an escalating level of seriousness,” said Mr O’Shea.

Beeken was also acquitted of one count of raping a woman, which he was accused of committing in July 1995.

Beeken, of HMP Lindholme, was convicted of two counts of causing a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity, two counts of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13, one count of the rape of a child under the age of 13 and one count of indecency with a child.

July 2015

A man who repeatedly abused a six-year-old girl has been jailed for five years – 24 years after he was released without charge.

Neil Beeken, 52, of Busk Meadows, Sheffield, was jailed at Sheffield Crown Court after being found guilty of four counts of indecent assault.

He was originally arrested in 1991, but charges were never brought by the Crown Prosecution Service.

However, the case was reopened in 2013 when his victim contacted police.

Beeken abused the girl between September 1990 and April 1991.

The court heard he had told the girl to keep the abuse a secret “or she would get into trouble”, but the victim told her mother what had happened.

Judge Julian Goose QC said: “It is clear that this was repeated and sustained sexual offending against a very young child.”

He said after the initial complaint, the victim’s mother went to the police but decided she did not want to put her young daughter through a trial and the defendant went free.

“Matters were very different in 1991 to how they are today,” said the judge.

“Her mother was worried about putting her six-year-old daughter through the rigours of a trial.

“In 1991 you thought you had managed to escape what had happened.

“But, when [the victim’s] own daughter was aged six, and she saw how young and vulnerable she was, she decided enough was enough and she went back to the police.”

In a statement read to the court, Beeken’s victim, who is now 30, said: “What Neil Beeken has done to me and my family has had a huge impact on me and my life and on how I am bringing up my children. I will never forget that.”

As Beeken left court, a man in the public gallery shouted: “Rot in hell you sick man. Pervert.”

Beeken was told his name would be added to the sex offenders’ register and was also given a restraining order banning him from having any contact with his victim.

June 2015

Sheffield man found guilty of sex offences against six-year-old child

A 51-year-old Sheffield man has been found guilty of sexual offences against a child committed 24 years ago.

Neil Beeken of Busk Meadows, Shirecliffe, was found guilty of four counts of inciting a child to commit gross indecency, after the court heard that he had inappropriate contact with a 6-year-old girl in 1991.

Beeken was originally arrested in 1991 but he was released without charge after consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service.

In November 2013, South Yorkshire Police was contacted by the victim in the case who wanted to make a formal complaint and reopen the investigation.

Following further advice from the Crown Prosecution Service, Beeken was reported on summons for four counts of inciting a child to commit gross indecency.

Following a short trial, he was found guilty of all charges on Friday 5 June.

He is due to be sentenced on July 21