December 2016

68-year-old’s confession to ‘appalling’ sexual assaults on child was recorded in conversation

THE sentence given to a former ship’s captain who admitted three “appalling” offences of sexual assault on a child – after his confession in a conversation was recorded – has been branded “lenient”.

Jack Parkinson, 68, of Howe Lane, Goxhill, admitted committing the offences on a child under the age of 13 between August 2013 and October last year.

Judge Kate Buckingham at Grimsby Crown Court sentenced Parkinson to two years in prison suspended for two years.

He must also complete 50 days on a sexual offenders programme.

The retired captain, who was also a one-time berthing master, was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.

The court heard there had been a conversation between Parkinson and another man after he returned from a trip abroad and the conversation was electronically recorded.

Prosecuting, Claire Holmes said in the conversation he admitted the offences.

But when police interviewed him he made no comment.

Later, when court proceedings started the defendant admitted touching the child.

Judge Buckingham said the offences were “appalling” and it was unknown what the lasting effects would be on the child.

Parkinson will also undergo two years supervision as well as 50 days on a programme.

The judge also asked for a six-monthly review to monitor Parkinson’s progress with the programme.

She also asked for probation officers to keep a check of Parkinson’s computer use and asked the prosecutor to monitor the reasons for Parkinson’s trips abroad.

After the hearing, an associate of the complainant said: “A suspended sentence seems lenient. It should have been custody.”