October 2016

Sordid paedophile ‘scared girl beyond belief’ in Beverley sex attack

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A paedophile who groomed and abused a girl he met “by chance” told her she would be “sold to another family” as he drove her to Beverley Westwood to assault her.

After indecently assaulting the girl, who was in tears, Stephen Tyler reminded her he had a knife in the car and told her about “butchering cows”.

This was to “scare her beyond belief” a judge said, as he jailed Tyler, now 58, for seven years.

The abuse took place in the 1990s when the girl was eight or nine.

It also included an occasion when Tyler went into the girl’s home knowing her parents were out.

Hull Crown Court heard she was so traumatised when the abuse finally came to light her husband considered having her sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Tyler, of Elm Tree Avenue, Thorngumbald, denied the abuse but was convicted by a jury of three indecent assaults and indecency with a child.

The jury was not told he had already admitted two offences relating to 1,835 indecent images of children police found on his computer.

Of the sample that were graded by police, 31 images were Category A – the most serious – 36 were at Category B, and 274 at Category C.

Before sentencing, prosecutor Simon Reevell said there were “elements of abduction” to the Westwood incident.

Richard Thompson, for Tyler, said it was “not a case where anybody was suggesting the complainant was abducted”.

Mr Reevell said the girl’s parents had not made such a complaint because they had not known about it.

Mr Reevell said the victim’s evidence was that she was told “when she was taken to Beverley that she may be sold to another family, and given descriptions about the way animals are butchered by a man who had her in his car with a knife”.

Tyler had no other previous convictions.

Recorder David Dixon said Tyler had shown a “complete lack of remorse”.

He told him: “It seems to me that in the 1990s you came across [the victim] by chance.

“You set about grooming her, you befriended her and bought her gifts.

“That continued, and you started a campaign of gradually touching, by touching of the sort no one would think anything was amiss, but gradually became more, and more, and more.

“You did things behind [her] parents’ backs.

“The very nature of your offending required you to be dishonest and secretive.”

The judge said Tyler also “gripped her hip in the way an adult male might do if they wanted to show interest in sexual activity with an adult female”.

He told Tyler: “She was eight or nine, and you carried that on behind the backs of her parents for some time.”

He said as Tyler abused the girl in his car on the Westwood, he “discussed sexual matters with a child of eight or nine, all for your own sordid benefit.

“Then when you stopped, rather than taking her home, her now being in tears and upset, you went further and told her about butchering cows.

“The only reason you did that was to scare her beyond belief, to make it clear to her that she could do nothing about what you were doing to her.

“The words may have been implied; the meaning was clear.”

Tyler was given an extended sentence and will have to serve an extra three years on licence when he is released.

He was banned from contacting the victim for life, must sign the sex offenders register for life, and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for 20 years.

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