June 2016

Paedophile fails in attempt to get jail sentence cut

A Truro paedophile who “terrified” his young victim by holding his head under water has failed in a bid to get his “severe” jail term slashed.

Peter Henry Phillips, 68, of Carnon Valley, Carnon Downs, abused the boy in the 1990s when he was as young as five, London’s Appeal Court heard.

The youngster was afraid of Phillips who was “regularly violent”, including “picking him up by his genitals”.

Phillips’ crimes included getting the victim to pleasure him, said Lord Justice Gross.

The judge added that the victim would “live with the consequence of what Phillips had done for the rest of his life”.

Phillips was convicted of five counts of indecency with a child and five of indecent assault on a male.

He was caged for 16 years at Truro Crown Court on January 25 this year.

At his trial Phillips was found guilty of five counts of indecency with a child and five counts of indecent assault on a male person. The offences took place on dates between the late 1980s and the mid-1990s.

His lawyers argued today that his jail term was “simply too long”. They pointed to his age and “increasingly failing health”.
But Lord Justice Gross described what he did as a “campaign of abuse”.

Phillips used “physical violence to subdue and terrorise” his victim, added the judge, who was sitting with Mr Justice William Davis and Judge Gregory Dickinson QC.

“The total sentence, whilst severe, was justified and on any view not manifestly excessive,” he concluded.

January 2016

Pensioner who sexually abused a “terrified” young boy in the 1990s jailed for 16 years

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was aged under 13 when he was targeted by Peter Phillips but felt unable to tell anyone what was happening to him.

Phillips, who went on trial at Truro Crown Court last week, denied ever touching the boy sexually but was convicted by a jury.

The 68-year-old, of Carnon Valley, Carnon Downs, was found guilty of five counts of indecency with a child and five counts of indecent assault on a male person. The offences took place on dates between the late 1980s and the mid-1990s. 

 Emily Pitts, for the defence, said her client knew he had to accept the verdict of the jury and bore no grudges against the complainant.

She said: “[The victim’s] issues in life are not solely due to the contact with Mr Phillips.”

Ms Pitts added that Phillips, who was in deteriorating health and had problems with alcohol, had not committed offences against any other child.

Sentencing, Judge Simon Carr said the boy had already had certain problems when Phillips met him but “that was nothing compared to what you then did to him”.

Judge Carr said Phillips had abused the boy sexually for his own gratification.

“He was simply terrified of you and felt unable to speak out about what happened to him,” he said.

“He will live with the consequences of what you did for the rest of his life.”

Phillips was jailed for 16 years.