September 2016

Paedophile’ given six life terms for rapes and assaults


A “committed and dangerous paedophile” from Ipswich who raped and sexually assaulted six girls over more than 30 years has been jailed.

Leslie Constable, of Shackleton Road, was today given six life terms and told he would have to serve at least nine years and 300 days behind bars before being considered for parole.

His offences spanned four decades – from the 1970s to 2009.

Sentencing him at Ipswich Crown Court, Judge Rupert Overbury said he believed there was a “significant risk” Constable would further crimes.

“In my judgement, you are obsessed with having sex with young girls. I would describe you as a committed and dangerous paedophile… What you did was a gross breach of trust, at the highest levels of depravity and the words shocking and horrifying are quite inadequate.”

Constable, who is 47, previously pleaded guilty to 13 charges – 10 relating to the rape, attempted rape and indecent assault of girls under the age of 16. More than 5,000 images of child abuse were found in his possession.

He was initially investigated by police about indecent images of young girls on his phone. But during their inquiries, police heard from six victims who told stories of a catalogue of abuse.