April 2017

Former Marine from Bulwell jailed for abusing child in 1970s

A 72-year-old man who abused a girl in the 1970s has been jailed for three years.

Barry Durham, of Neston Drive, Bulwell, indecently assaulted the child – who was aged under 12 – on two occasions.

On Wednesday, Judge Sarah Buckingham handed the ex-serviceman three years for one offence, where he performed a sexual act, and 12 months concurrently on the second.

The judge ordered he sign the sex offenders’ register for the rest of his life, and serve the remainder of his sentence, after his release, on licence.

“You are now aged 72 years old,” she told him. “You have been found guilty of two offences of indecent assault when she was a girl, no older than 11, and you a man in your thirties”.

She said he would “take the opportunity to expose himself to her”, pretending not to realise she was there.

His behaviour progressed to the two acts of indecent assault he was found guilty of after a trial at Nottingham Crown Court earlier this year.

The judge told Durham, listening through a hearing loop in the dock as he was sentenced, that his conduct could not remain unpunished.

“Time does not wash away the offences you have committed and the impact of your offending on your victim, however good or exemplary your character may be,” she said.

She said after one of the acts he was “no doubt confident she would never say anything”.

She also said the victim suffered significant difficulties in her life, and they were aired before the jury during the trial.