August 2016

Man admits sexual abuse of five children as young as 8

A Peterborough man has been told he is facing years behind bars after admitting a string of sex offences against children.

Adam Aitken (28) of Kinnears Walk, Orton Goldhay, appeared at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday where he admitted a number of offences, including raping a 12-year-old boy.

In total, he admitted offences against five children, aged between eight and 15 years old.

Aitken, who appeared at the court via video link from HMP Bedford, shook his head as he entered the pleas.

There were sobs in the public gallery as family of the victims listened to the pleas.
He was charged with a total of 18 counts, and he entered guilty pleas to six of them. The prosecution accepted the pleas, and he will be sentenced later this month.

Aitken, who wore a purple t-shirt and black tracksuit bottoms for the hearing, was forced to wait to enter the pleas, as he originally appeared at 2pm, but the hearing was not completed until 4.30pm, while legal discussions took place, and Judge Stuart Bridge dealt with other matters.

Aitken pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child, rape of a child, one count of sexual assault on a child, and one count of causing a child to watch a sexual act.

The charges date back more than seven years, starting in November 2008.

He pleaded not guilty to 12 other counts. However, the prosecution said this was acceptable.

Sentencing was adjourned to allow a pre-sentence report to be carried out by the probation service- but Judge Bridge said Aitken will be facing years behind bars.

He said: “There plainly must be a pre-sentence report – but Aitken will be expecting a very long prison sentence.

“The issue looked at in the report will be whether it is a determinate sentence, an extended sentence or even an indeterminate sentence.

“The sentencing judge will not be able to sentence without that report.

“However, the only sentence will be a very long prison sentence.”

Aitken was remanded into custody until sentencing, which will take place on Friday, August 19 at Peterborough Crown Court.