October 2016

Child rapist sentenced to 24-years


A man raped and sexually assaulted two schoolgirls over a period of five years, Lincoln Crown Court has heard.

Stephen Boyd, 52, denied the offences but after a trial he was found guilty by a jury.

He was found guilty of 16 charges including rape, attempted rape, indecent assault, indecency with a child and sexual activity with a child.

Boyd, of Rivehall Avenue, Welton, near Lincoln, was jailed for 24 years on Friday, October 14.

He was placed on the sex offenders register for life and given a lifetime sexual harm prevention order.

Recorder Peter Cooke, passing sentence, said there was a “horrific nature” to the offences committed by Boyd and described his behaviour as grotesque and manipulative.

He told Boyd: “You did not have the courage to go into the witness box to face cross-examination.

“You have no insight and no remorse for the damage you have done to your victims. This is a case where there is no mitigation.

“Inevitably the sentence here must be very long indeed.”

Tony Stanford, prosecuting, said the attacks took place between 2000 and 2005.

He said both victims had been deeply affected psychologically by what happened.

Boyd did not give evidence during his trial.