November 2016

Retired butcher who robbed teenage girls of virginity jailed for 13 years

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A retired butcher who robbed three teenage girls of their virginity was jailed for 13 years at Gloucester Crown Court.

Disabled Michael Davies, 61, of Gloucester Road, Deerhurst, groomed the girls by plying them with gifts and alcohol – and had sex with each of them when they reached the age of 14, the court was told.

The offences took place over a 25-year period starting in the 1970s.

Davies was finally brought to justice by the last of his victims, now an adult, when she contacted him asking for money. He paid her £900 but when she then asked him to settle her £10,000 loan he refused and she reported him to the police.

The court was told he in turn accused her of blackmail and she has been investigated by the police. But before Davies was sentenced today his barrister said he now withdrew that complaint.

“On reflection, and having considered the wrongs that he has committed, he has no wish for the complainant to face further investigation or prosecution for any criminal offences,” said Robert Duvall, defending.

Davies, who ran a successful butcher’s shop in Hewlett Road, Cheltenham, for more than 20 years, pleaded guilty to 26 offences of indecent assault and two of sexual activity with a child.

He admitted 11 charges of indecent assault on his first victim in the seventies and eighties.

The second girl was abused by him in the eighties. He admitted eight offences of indecent assault against her. Two of those charges were originally of rape but the prosecution accepted his denial of those offences.

Davies pleaded guilty to seven indecent assaults of the final victim in the 2000s and two of having sexual activity with her. His denial of two charges of raping her was also accepted by the Crown.

Rosemary Collins, prosecuting, said the final victim went to the police in July last year alleging abuse by Davies when she was a child. Police enquiries led them to the two earlier victims, neither of whom had ever made a complaint.

Indeed, said Ms Collins, the older woman had decided to ‘bury’ the memories and had no intention of ever reporting him.

In each case, the prosecutor said, Davies had seduced the girls gradually – treating them kindly, buying treats such as pizzas and burgers for them and giving them alcohol.

Some months before the final victim went to the police she had written to Davies asking him for money. He gave her £900.

“He then declined to give her a larger sum when she asked for £10,000 to pay off a loan. He refused, and accused her of blackmail.

“She was interviewed but did not give an explanation. She was advised to make no comment. He said everything she had alleged against him was lies. He now withdraws his complaint.”

The first victim went into the witness box and told the court: “There is not a day goes by when I do not think of the effect he has had on my life.

“As a child I did not see that what he was doing to me was wrong. But it was wrong on every level. He did things he had no right to do. Since making my complaint I have been on an emotional roller coaster.”

The second victim told the court she still gets flashbacks of the abuse and she has suffered an emotional breakdown.

“Shame on him,” she stated. “I was a vulnerable girl. He broke the rules and abused me. He took my innocence. I cannot take back those years but I can attempt to live my future knowing my silence is broken and I can now be true to myself.

“I hope he will understand the suffering and the pain he has caused in my life.”

The third victim’s statement was read by Ms Collins. In it she said: “He made me grow into a woman who is unable to trust anyone. I always think if someone is being nice it is because they want something from me. I struggle to maintain relationships.

“He took away my choice of whom my first sexual encounter would be with.

“By accepting his gifts I don’t think that gave him the right to take away my virginity.”

Mr Duvall told the court that the nature of the offences and Davies’ physical poor health and disabilities would make prison extremely difficult for him.

Davies had believed at the time of the offences that the girls were consenting but he now accepted they could not consent because of their ages.

“He is genuinely sorry for what he has done,” he said. “His pleas are the only way he can constructively accept that. He apologises unreservedly.”

Jailing Davies for a total of 13 years Judge Tabor told him: “You undoubtedly used your generosity to ingratiate yourself with these girls and then, over a period of time, to sexually groom them until they did your bidding and were virtually slaves.

“You abused each girl from the age of 14. You took away their virginity and used each of them for your own selfish sexual pleasure.Your behaviour was frankly so vile and deplorable that it is beyond comprehension to any normal red-blooded males.

“Their entire lives have been blighted by your behaviour. You not only took their virginity but you took away their trust in others.”

Davies was ordered to sign the sex offender register for life and the judge made a sexual harm prevention order against him.