April 2017

‘Evil’ pensioner faces dying in prison for horrific sex offences

An ‘evil’ pensioner faces dying in prison for a string of ‘despicable’ sex offences after being jailed for a total of 20 years.

Colin Smith was given a 17-year sentence in 2014 for a series of “devastating” offences against a girl.

The 78-year-old, formerly of St John’s Road in Humberston, has now been given an additional three years for two more sexual assaults against a boy.

Judge Peter Kelson QC told him: “It’s not a day too long for the evil you have done.

“All I can do is mark the evil that you embarked on.”

At the original trial at Grimsby Crown Court in 2014, Smith denied 13 sex offences involving a girl but was convicted by a jury of 11 of them.

They included six offences of rape, two offences each of indecent assault and indecency with a child, and another of sexual assault.

At the latest trial, he denied two offences of sexually assaulting a boy under 13 but was convicted by a jury on majority verdicts of ten to two.

Judge Kelson told him: “The jury have disbelieved and convicted you.”

He praised the victims for being “staggering in their strength and fortitude” and said they were “remarkable people”.

The boy said in a statement that he knew what Smith was doing to him was wrong but it had affected him more and more.

“As an adult, he would have known the effect the abuse would have had on me,” said the victim.

The boy had suffered from depression and anxiety, but added: “I am determined not to let what Colin Smith did to me stop me from having the life I want.”

Jeremy Lindsay, mitigating, said they were unpleasant offences repeated over a few months but no threats were made and no violence was used.

As he left the dock, Smith remained defiant to the end, shouting to people in the public gallery: “I hope you can sleep at night.”

He will have to register as a sex offender for life.

As reported after the previous trial, Judge Paul Watson QC told Smith on that occasion that the girl who was his victim was forced to endure his “sexual desires whenever you demanded it”, despite her “resistance”.

The effect on the victim had been “devastating” and Smith tried to “pull the wool over the eyes” of the jury.

“You simply came to treat her as your sexual chattel,” said Judge Watson.

What Smith had done to her was “virtually indescribable” and he had used “intimidation or coercion”.

He added: “This was despicable conduct by you.”

It was difficult for “right-thinking members of the community” to know how a man could behave in such a way.