February 2018

Serial child rapist’s jail term extended after more victims come forward


A paedophile who repeatedly raped a girl when she was a young child has had his prison sentence extended by two years.

Christopher Hendy, 52, formerly of Devereux Road, Amesbury, abused this victim in the 1980s, forcing her to perform sexual acts on him.

He told her not to tell anyone about what had happened.

Hendy also abused another young girl by touching her sexually on a single occasion.

The two victims came forward after reading press coverage of Hendy’s previous convictions in 2015, when he was jailed for 22 years for 21 offences, including 12 counts of raping children.

He initially denied abusing the two girls, but changed his plea on the eve of his trial, admitting rape, gross indecency with a child and indecent assault.

Winchester Crown Court heard on Friday that Hendy was a teenager when the abuse took place.

Andy Houston, prosecuting, said Hendy would look at “dirty magazines” before abusing his victim.

“The victim remembers being told by the defendant she was a special girl and this was their little secret that no one should ever know anything about,” Mr Houston said.

In a statement, one of Hendy’s victims said to him: “I am not scared of you and what you did.”

Mr Houston said that both victims had undergone counselling and suffered from stress, depression and anxiety as a results of their ordeals.

The court heard that Hendy, who showed no emotion during the sentencing hearing, would be starting a course in prison to help with victim empathy.

In mitigation, Ms Sourtsz said: “These proceedings have brought him stress and considerable anxiety.”

She said a long sentence would “utterly crush” Hendy, adding: “It is very difficult for him to look beyond today and deal with what lies ahead of him.

“In his dream he wants to come out of prison and re-establish his life to the best of his ability but he appreciates that is some way in the distance.”

Sentencing, Judge Susan Evans said: “No child should feel ashamed at being abused.”

She added that if the offences had been dealt with in 2015, Hendy would have been jailed for eight-and-a-half years, but she was restrained by her sentencing powers.

July 2015

Child rapist jailed for 22 years

A child rapist has been jailed for 22 years after he was found guilty of a number of historic sexual offences involving kids in Amesbury.

Christopher Hendy, 49, formerly of Devereux Road, was arrested in 2013 and charged with a total of 21 offences, including 12 counts of rape involving children.

Hendy, who denied all the allegations, was sentenced on June 26 at Winchester Crown Court to 22 years in prison. In addition to this, he was also put on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order was granted.

A Wiltshire Police spokesperson said: “We are pleased with the sentence given out to Hendy for the despicable crimes he committed over a number of years on several young children. His actions will no doubt have a devastating effect on his victims for the rest of their lives.

“I would like to take this opportunity to praise the bravery of the victims who have shown an enormous amount of strength in coming forward and reporting these incidents. Hendy has not once shown any remorse for his actions and denied all the allegations against him. This meant his victims then had to relive their horrific ordeals once again in court.