June 2017

‘Mr Aldi’ used his job as a supermarket cashier to gain access to customers’ children and abuse them

Customers dubbed Gary Warburton ‘Mr Aldi’ because he was such a friendly and cheerful cashier at the budget supermarket branch in Tewkesbury.

But when he gained their trust he betrayed them by secretly abusing their children.

A charmer with a real gift for the gab he would shout out an uplifting description for every day of the week: phrases such as ‘Marvellous Monday,’ ‘Terrific Tuesday’ or ‘Fantastic Friday’ would echo through the supermarket aisles.

The 57-year-old became a good friend to many of the regular customers and was so trusted by a couple of customers that he even looked after their children for them when they were out.

But Warburton’s cheery persona was a facade – for he was a paedophile predator who used his trusted position to abuse three young girls behind their mothers’ backs, Gloucester Crown Court was told today.

His evil crimes were exposed when the mother of one of the girls arrived home unexpectedly early from work to find her daughter semi naked, wearing adult stockings, and being photographed by Warburton, said prosecutor Ian Dixey.

Co-incidentally the mother of another of Warburton’s young victims had come to realise at almost exactly the same time that something was wrong, the court heard.

She noticed that her daughter did not want to go into Aldi with her any more when Warburton was on duty and as she questioned her the the truth about Warburton came out.

Today Warburton, of Cypress Road, Walton Cardiff, near Tewkesbury, was jailed for a total of 12 years four months with a one year extended parole licence after he admitted committing 10 sex offences against three girls.

The most serious two charges were of sexually assaulting of one of the girls when she was a child. He also admitted two offences of taking indecent pictures of that girl.

He further admitted two charges of touching a second girl sexually, one of taking indecent photographs of her and one of inciting her to sexual activity.

The final two charges were of inciting a third girl into sexual activity with him.

Prosecutor Ian Dixey told the court: “The mother of the girl in the first charge came home unexpectedly. The house was quiet and no-one was downstairs.

“She went upstairs and found this defendant taking indecent photographs of her daughter in the bedroom.

“He had set up a selfie stick and it was facing into the room. She saw the defendant sat on the bed and her daughter lying on the bed and she noticed that her daughter did not have her top on.

“She was dressed in either tights or suspenders. She had been dressed up for the purpose of taking the photos.

“Not unnaturally the mother began to scream when she saw that. The little girl jumped up and said ‘Mummy I’m sorry. He told me not to say anything.'”

Warburton begged the mother not to call the police, saying ‘I’ll go to prison.’

The girl later told police in graphic detail how Warburton had abused her as well as taking photographs, said Mr Dixey.

Police also interviewed the other girl and her sister and heard how Warburton had also been abusing them, he said.

When Warburton was arrested he agreed that all the allegations were correct and he accepted that he had abused the trust of the mothers.

But he insisted he had not forced or co-erced the girls into sexual activity. He said the offending had all started when one of the girls he was looking after took a shower in his former home in Brockworth and then lay on the bed next to him.

Mr Dixey told the court that the girls had all been affected by the offences – one had become very withdrawn, another was now self conscious about getting changed and often seems like she is ‘in a rage.’

They will need to have counselling, he said.

Mr Dixey said Warburton had a 1984 conviction for four offences of flashing in Cardiff and in 1995 he was convicted of indecent assault of an adult female. He had received a suspended jail sentence.

Joe Maloney, defending, told the court today: “He realises what he has done is dreadful. This is a man who bitterly regrets it. He accepts that his offences are almost unforgiveable.”

He said Warburton had written letters to the mothers and they had been passed to the prosecution.

Mr Maloney said Warburton has ‘significant health problems’ and was living on borrowed time after undergoing a double lung transplant 11 years ago. He had been told at that time to expect another seven years of life.

Jailing Warburton for a total of 12 years 4 months and placing him on the sex offender register for life, Judge Jamie Tabor told him he will have to serve half the sentence before the parole board even consider him for release. He may have to do the whole term, he warned.

He said he found Warburton to pose an ongoing danger to the public.

A lifelong sexual harm prevention order was imposed by the judge, who also told Warburton he will be barred from ever working with children.

April 2017

Supermarket worker befriended customers to molest their young daughters

Supermarket worker Gareth Warburton befriended two women customers so he could molest their young daughters, a court was told.

His evil crimes were revealed when one of the mums arrived home unexpectedly to find Warburton taking indecent pictures of her daughter, Gloucester Crown Court was told.

Warburton, 57, of Cypress Road, Walton Cardiff, near Tewkesbury, pleaded guilty to ten charges of sexually abusing the two girls between January 2014 and March this year.

He also admitted two offences of taking indecent pictures of her and two of touching her sexually.

Warburton also admitted inciting the girl to engage in sexual activity.

He pleaded guilty to two further charges of causing or inciting a second girl to engage in sexual activity and one of taking indecent pictures of her.

Prosecutor Ian Dixey told the court “The mother of the child in the first charge came home unexpectedly. The house was quiet. She found this defendant taking indecent photographs of her daughter.

“That was immediately reported. It was found the defendant had met her when she was a customer in the supermarket where he worked.

“He obviously realised she had small female children and he started a relationship with them.

“Further charges relate to a second family and they started in a similar way. He was babysitting and looking after the children.”

Judge Jamie Tabor QC said he would require a pre-sentence report addressing the issue of Warburton’s future dangerousness to the public.

He also wanted victim impact statements at the sentencing hearing on June 6, he said.

Warburton appeared before the court today via video link from Hewell Prison but the judge said he would have to be present on June 6 to hear the victim statements for himself.