September 2016

Paedophile naturist who sexually abused three boys at his Bristol jailed for 16 years


A perverted naturist who committed “hideous” sexual abuse on three boys could be jailed until he’s almost 100.

Victims of Julian Mardon stood up in court and told the 81-year-old the full impact of the vile assaults he subjected them to in the 1970s.

He denied – and was acquitted of – a raft of serious abuse charges against three boys and a girl.

But, by his own admission, he pleaded guilty to other sexual abuse charges relating to the three boys and was handed a 16-year prison sentence.

He will only be released upon the direction of the parole board, must register as a sex offender for life and was banned from working with children and vulnerable adults.

Judge William Hart told him: “Judges are sometimes heard to say in serious cases that it would be difficult to imagine a worst case of its kind.

“Often it is hyperbole.

“In your case it is not easy to conceive of a much greater catalogue of serious abuse of young boys than that perpurtrated by you in the 1970s.

“It amounts to a hideous catalogue of serious sexual offending of which you were the author.

“The impact is incalculable. It is vivid by their victim personal statement and vivid by watching them in the witness box.

“They still struggle with the burden of that vile recollection.”

The judge commended the “extremely meticulous” investigation conducted by police sergeant Katherine Davis – even though Sgt Davis asked him not to.

Mardon was a member of a respected Bristol family business and was a paedophile who sexually abused boys and girls for kicks.

He is connected to Mardon, Son and Hall which were well known in the city for producing cigarette cards and packaging.

In the 1970s, as a member of Bristol Solarians Naturist Club, Mardon was trusted by parents who left him with their youngsters.

Having lavished children with drinks and cigarettes, he engaged in sexual activity with them and used his high-end camera gear to picture them being intimate with each other.

Bristol Crown Court heard that at his sumptuous Clifton homes he created a “naked utopia” on order to abuse.

He targeted an 11-year-old boy by getting him drunk at a party before introducing him to sex toys and porn and frequently indecently assaulting him.

Andrew Macfarlane, prosecuting, said Mardon similarly preyed on another 11-year-old boy.

He then encouraged the boys to sexually interact with each other.

A third boy was subjected to frequent masturbation and oral sex and made to commit anal sex on Mardon, the court heard.

One victim described how, after being groomed and abused, he was left with relationship difficulties and felt “conditioned to be the victim”.

He said: “I get severe anxiety. I can’t even buy my own clothes. He used to buy me nice outfits before he traded me with other paedophiles.”

His tearful wife looked Mardon in the eye and told him: “He is unable to function in any sort of responsible way. It is a direct impact of abuse he received from you. You used to buy his clothes, dress him up and trade him off.”

A second victim told Mardon: “I cannot under-estimate the damage and destruction it has had on my entire life to this day. It was a classic grooming process.”

He confessed to having had suicidal thoughts and pounding on the door of a Bristol church to ask how Mardon should be forgiven for his sins.