November 2016

Norfolk man jailed 24 years for sex offences

A Norfolk man, who carried out a campaign of sex abuse on a young girl, has been jailed for 24 years

Ian Bennett, 52, of no fixed address, was convicted following a trial of a number of rapes and sex assaults on the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Norwich Crown Court heard that the sex abuse started when the girl was about nine years old after he groomed her by showing her pornographic images and he then went on to rape the victim, when she was 13.

Charles Myatt, prosecuting, said it was only later, as an adult, the victim found the courage to come forward and make a complaint about the abuse she had suffered.

Mr Myatt said when police arrested Bennett they found more than 8000 indecent images on his computer, including extreme porn, In an impact statement the victim said she felt “broken” by the abuse by Bennett, who worked as a sandwich delivery driver.

Jailing him for 24 years and placing him on the sex offender register for life, Judge Katharine Moore said that he had “groomed” his victim and had showed her pornographic images.

She said his actions had a profound effect on his victim and said: “You have shown no remorse.”

She added that he posed a risk of serious sexual harm to young girls.

Dan Taylor, for Bennett, said the defendant still did not accept his conviction by the jury.

He said that Bennett, who was a man of previous good character, used to work six days a week as a delivery driver for a sandwich company.

He said that the indecent images of children were among a variety of other porn images Bennett had downloaded and claimed he got no sexual gratification from the images featuring children.