Nine perverts jailed for 65 years after vulnerable boy raped and ‘sold like goods’ in city’s red light district
Nine men were jailed for at least 65 years today for committing sexual offences against a teenage boy who was subjected to a horrifying catalogue of abuse.
Alan Priest, 63, was locked up for life and the eight other men received sentences ranging from 11 to three years for offences against the teenager .
A three-month trial earlier this year heard that the victim was in council care when he was raped and ‘sold like goods’ in Birmingham during 2009 and 2010.
Warwick Crown Court also heard how the boy – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was stripped, beaten with a stick, and raped by two of the defendants.
Alan Priest, 63 of Haywood Bridge, Halesowen, was locked up for life today
Ashley Sherrington, 25, of Dawlish Drive, Stoke-on-Trent, was imprisoned for nine years for two counts of rape
Tahir Hussain, 34, was jailed for seven years after being found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child
Passing sentence on the boy’s abusers, Judge Sylvia de Bertadano told the defendants: “Each of you in your own way exploited this vulnerable boy.
“Therefore you are each partly responsible for his situation as a young man who is struggling to get his life back together and finds himself unable to escape from the legacy you have left him.”
The victim, who complained to West Midlands Police in 2009 and 2010, had been let down by the authorities, the judge said.
The judge told the defendants: “The victim complained to the police very early on, before he met many of you who sit in the dock now but his complaints were not followed up.
Stephen Kelly, 40, of Elm Road, Bournville, Birmingham, was jailed for eight years
Michael Godbold, 57, got an 11-year custodial sentence after he was convicted of sexual activity with a child
Robert Bailey, 27, of Watt Road, Erdington, Birmingham, was handed a seven-year sentence
“When he complained he found he was sent to a secure care home which he hated.”
The victim, who had felt understandably aggrieved and confused at his initial treatment by the authorities, had shown ‘incredible courage’ in giving evidence after making a further complaint to the police in 2012, the judge added.
Jurors at Warwick Crown Court had previously deliberated for more than 30 hours before convicting eight defendants from the West Midlands, London and Stoke-on-Trent of offences linked to the abuse.
A ninth man was cleared by the jury of raping the teenager but had previously admitted facilitating child prostitution in relation to the victim, who cannot be identified.
Ian Prestleton, 54, received a three-year sentence after being convicted of sexual activity with a child
Peter Joynes, 59, was given a four-year term for arranging or facilitating child prostitution and sexual activity with a child
West Midlands Police