January 2018: RELEASED from prison after serving just 12 months. Former Merchant Navy man David Sime (68) has now returned to live in Seaton Sluice in Northumberland.
Whitley Bay woman brands her uncle a ‘monster’ as he’s jailed for sexually abusing her as a child
For years the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her “monster” uncle has eaten away at her life, but today she finally has justice after he was put behind bars.
Perverted former Merchant Navy man David Sime left his young niece traumatized after targeting her at a very early age.
The victim, now an adult, has waived her right to anonymity to speak out about the devastating effect Sime’s abuse has had on her life.
The woman, who we have agreed to name only as Lyndsey, told how she used to go to bed wishing she was dead as a youngster and continues to suffer more than 20 years later.
Lyndsey said she was speaking out in the hope of encouraging other victims of sexual abuse to come forward, as Sime was jailed for two years at Newcastle Crown Court.
The 67-year-old, of Easedale, Seaton Sluice, Northumberland, continues to protest his innocence but was convicted by a jury of two specimen charges of indecency with a child, in relation to Lyndsey and separate offending against a boy.
Lyndsey, 34, said: “I have called him a monster, a paedophile and a dangerous person. He is all of those things.
“It happened to me between the ages of three and 12 years. I remember it happening as early as my reception year. I would scream every day when I was dropped off at school because I couldn’t trust anyone. I didn’t want to be left with anyone else as I thought everyone was like him.
“I was physically and mentally abused. It was mental torture growing up and being groomed and being told that I couldn’t tell anyone.
“I would go to bed most nights wishing I would die.”
She added: “He was quiet and manipulative with me and I had to keep my silence. I used to go for days out with him and his family and my family. I would stay at his house regularly as he would babysit me.
“He didn’t care who was in the house. He was very opportunistic and would come into my room that I stayed in. It would happen anytime when people’s backs were turned.”
Lyndsey, of Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, says she has suffered for decades but is “elated” he has been locked up.
The mum-of-two, who says being abused has affected the way she has formed relationships with friends and colleagues, added: “I couldn’t go into the courtroom when he was sentenced. I had resigned myself to the fact that he was going to get a slap on the wrist.
“But when I was told he had been jailed for two years I was speechless, elated, thrilled that he had been put behind bars.
“Now we have justice – ideally it could have been longer but this is a momentous achievement for us.
“I have a clean conscience that I did the right thing.”
The court heard Lyndsey reported what happened to a teacher at the time but she says nothing was done to protect her.
Sentencing Sime, Judge Edward Bindloss said he was bound by sentencing guidelines in force at the time of the offences which meant the maximum he could impose was two years. The maximum for similar modern day offences is 10 years.
The judge said of Lyndsey: “She describes the effect the abuse has had on her, particularly her difficulties at school, difficulties forming relationships and she has had to have counselling.
“She struggles with the fact that when she told people at school about what happened to her, nothing was done to protect her.
“She struggles with the fact she could have protected others. That gives rise to great feelings of guilt in her.
“She felt trapped and she felt guilty, dirty, embarrassed and scared.
“She wrote a letter to a trusted school teacher about what happened. Her parents were called in. She says nothing was done to protect her.”
The court heard Sime committed sex acts in front of Lyndsey when she was between five and 12.
He separately did the same thing in a storage cupboard in front of the male victim when he was between six and ten.
Sime, who has no previous convictions, was found guilty of the two indecency charges after a trial last year in which he was cleared of other allegations. The court heard he had been out of the country at the time of some of claims against him.
As well as the two-year prison sentence, Sime was made subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.
The court heard he used to be in the Merchant Navy and had worked as an engineer, including in Saudi Arabia. He has been married for 45 years and is the carer for his wife, who along with other family members do not accept his guilt.
Andrew Rutter, mitigating, said since the offences Sime had helped look after his grandchildren without any concerns being raised.
He added: “He has spent three years facing very serious charges and if the jury had found him guilty of them he would have gone to prison for very many years. That has shocked him to his core.
“His wife is in very poor health physically and mentally and relies on the defendant as her carer. Without him she’s very much at a loss.
“He is no longer a danger to the public and his liberty can be justified.
“One concern is what has surfaced on social media. He is concerned for his safety and that of his wife.”
Predatory paedophile guilty of abusing young children
A paedophile pensioner who committed a string of sexual offences against young children has been found guilty.
David Sime of Seaton Sluice, had been charged with eights counts of indecency against male and female children who were under the age of 13. The jury found Sime guilty on two of the indecency charges.
The court was told that Sime is sexually attracted to prepubescent children and that two of the victims had not yet reached puberty.
One victim was abused for a decade, starting when she was just three years old
The judge placed Sime on the sex offenders register and then released him on further bail for background and probation reports to be prepared ahead of sentencing in January at Newcastle Crown Court