September 2016

Convicted paedophile jailed for breaching court order


A convicted paedophile who committed a sexual offence against a woman, and also breached the terms of a court order, has been jailed for 10 months.

Allister Garnham, 68, of Stone Road, Norwich, admitted two breaches of his notification requirements for the sex offenders register when on two occasions he failed to let police know where he was staying, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Garnham also admitted committing a sexual offence on a woman, who the court heard was “vulnerable”.

John Morgans, prosecuting, said Garnham was jailed for two years in 2008 for sexually assaulting two girls under 13, and following that conviction he was placed on the sex offenders register, which meant he had to let police know where he was staying.

Isobel Ascherson, for Garnham, said he victim of the latest sex offence had first made contact with him and he had not tried to groom her.

Sentencing him, Judge Stephen Holt said the victim in this case had been “vulnerable”. He also ordered Garnham to remain on the sex offenders register for a further 10 years.

August 2008

Pervert’s 20 years of abuse in Chelmsford

A PAEDOPHILE has been jailed for five years following an appalling series of assaults on young girls in the Chelmsford area over more than two decades.

Allister Garnham, 60, formerly of Danbury but now living in Norwich, pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a seven-year-old, two sex assaults and a third offence of engaging in sexual activity with young girls.

His conduct was branded as “lamentable” by the judge who jailed him at Chelmsford Crown Court this week.

Prosecutor Diane Pigot told the court Garnham, pictured inset, had initially told one of his victims, who was just seven when he first assaulted her in the mid-1980s, that what he had done was their “little secret”.

Then he had told her that if she spoke to any one about what had happened he would kill her mother.

His other victim was 12 years old when he subjected her to a series of sex assaults.

At the time of the attacks, which took place in 2005, he was living near Danbury outside Chelmsford.

Judge Anthony Goldstaub QC ordered Garnham to be placed onto the Sex Offenders’ Register for the rest of his life and told him he had no alternative but to jail him.

“You must go to prison. These are appalling crimes,” said the judge. “This was a lamentable catalogue of offending. It requires a stern sentence.”

Defending counsel Emma Nash told the court that at one time Garnham lived at the care home in Jersey which is currently at the centre of a child abuse scandal.

She said that he had lived for years at the Jersey home with his brother and had been a victim of abuse himself when he was young.

An Essex Police spokesman said: “We hope the court verdict and sentence will allow the victims some closure.”