December 2016

JAILED: Bus driver who committed sex crimes against two young girls


A BUS driver who committed sex crimes against two young girls in the early 1990s has been jailed for 15 years.

A jury found Thomas Pitfield, aged 54, guilty of of gross indecency, indecent assault and buggery of a child under the age of 13-years-old.

Bolton Crown Court heard that Pitfield, of Daisy Street, Daubhill, committed offences when his two victims were aged between four and eight-years-old.

One victim, who is now in her 30s, suffered multiple offences against her while another victim endured a single assault.

Judge Timothy Stead told Pitfield: “Over the course of your offending you said to your victims ‘don’t tell anyone’ ‘it is our little secret’ and offered to buy sweets.

“On one occasion you said you would hurt members of their family if the victim told anyone.”

The court heard that one of his victims had pretended to be asleep before he raped her and also made her carry out multiple sex acts on him on separate occasions.

On another occasion he incited one of his victims perform a sex act on him, but she resisted.

Gary Woodall, defending Pitfield, said there had been no re-occurrence of these type of offences by the defendant.

But Judge Stead told Pitfield: “You deny these offences to this day.

“You took the opportunity when it arose and committed your offences in a sneaky manner.

“Your victims were very vulnerable because of their ages.

“One of your victims mercifully only suffered on one occasion but this has affected her future relationships.

“Your second victim’s future relationships have been affected and she has suffered with depression and post traumatic stress disorder.

“I have no doubt that she has been terribly affected by what you did.”

Pitfield was sentenced to 15 years in jail for his crimes, which will be followed by a further year being supervised by the probation service.

A sexual harm prevention order was also made and he was ordered to sign the sex offences register for life.

October 2016

Paedophile who raped young girl warned he faces lengthy prison sentence

A PAEDOPHILE who sexually abused two young girls has been warned he faces a lengthy jail sentence.

Thomas Pitfield raped one girl when she was as young five years old, and committed sex acts with the child and a second young girl in the early 1990s.

Pitfield, aged 53, of Daisy Street, Daubhill, had denied committing buggery, three counts of indecent assault and one charge or indecency with a child, but following a trial at Bolton Crown Court, a jury found him guilty.

Judge Timothy Stead remanded Pitfield in custody until December 12 to allow for pre-sentence reports to be prepared but warned him: “What happens to you remains to be seen, but there will be an inevitable lengthy prison sentence in the case.”

During the trial the jury of six men and six women heard how Pitfield committed the offences when the girls were aged between five and six.

Michael Maher, prosecuting, told the court how Pitfield promised the girls sweets if they would engage in sex acts with him.

He told how, when he first started the abuse, one girl told Pitfield: “My mum’s going to buy me sweets from the shop, so I don’t need sweets from you.”

But Pitfield continued using the promise of sweets as part of the grooming process.

The court heard that one girl now cannot bear loved ones breathing on her neck as it brings back memories of the abuse she suffered at Pitfield’s hands.

The jury was told how Pitfield took the abuse further and raped one of the young girls.

“She said she wanted to scream with the agonising pain,” said Mr Maher.

When arrested Pitfield denied he had committed the offences 20 years previously, claiming it was a case of mistaken identity and he was being put forward as a scapegoat.

Grey haired Pitfield collapsed into a chair in the dock as the jury returned their verdicts following seven hours of deliberation