July 2017

Dangerous paedophiles have their jail sentences increased

Two “dangerous” sex predators caged for abusing vulnerable children have had their lenient sentences increased by senior judges.

“Paedophile partners” Andrew Bristow and Michael Peters were arrested after a police search of Peters’ home in July 2015.

Officers uncovered a stash of sickening photos of children, many of which had been shredded, London’s Appeal Court heard.

But detectives were able to painstakingly piece together an image of Peters, 71, molesting a 13-year-old boy.

Other images were of Bristow raping a schoolgirl, the court heard.

The pictures related to crimes committed a decade earlier by the deviant pair, said Lord Justice Simon.

Bristow, of Manningham, Bradford, was jailed for eight and a half years at Bradford Crown Court in May.

He admitted twice raping one girl and sexually assaulting another. Both victims were between the ages of 10 and 13.

Condemned as a dangerous offender, he was also ordered to serve an extra year on licence after his release.

Peters, of Athol Crescent, Halifax, was jailed for six years after he admitted taking indecent photos and sexual activity with a minor.

Bristow had groomed one of his schoolgirl victims with cigarettes and cash – raping her while his older pal, Peters, took degrading snaps.

The judge who sentenced the pair said they had “descended to real depths of depravity.”

Their cases reached the Appeal Court as the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC, attacked their sentences as nowhere near tough enough.

Lord Justice Simon, sitting with Mrs Justice May and Sir Andrew Smith, agreed that their jail terms were “unduly lenient”.

Bristow’s sentence was upped to 10 years and Peters’ was increased to eight years.

Peters’ new sentence now also includes a three-year extended licence period.

He had lived in the shadows as a paedophile since the 1970s and Lord Justice Simon said: “We consider he is a dangerous offender.”

He added: “It is clear that he is a predatory paedophile and poses a significant risk of future serious harm to the public.”

Another troubling feature was the way both deviants had “acted together”, the judge said, increasing both men’s sentences.

May 2017

Depraved pair jailed for total of more than 14 years for sexual abuse of children

TWO depraved “partners in paedophilic abuse” have been jailed for a total of more than 14 years after they worked as a team to rape and photograph an 11-year-old girl.

Andrew Bristow, 47, of Clifton Villas, Manningham, Bradford, sexually abused the child while Michael Peters, 71, took the pictures, Bradford Crown Court heard today.

The pair groomed the girl with offers of money and cigarettes and told her she would get into trouble if she told anyone, prosecutor Simon Waley said.

Bristow, who pleaded guilty to twice raping the girl and sexually touching a ten-year-old girl, was imprisoned for eight and a half years.

Peters, of Athol Crescent, Ovenden, Halifax, admitted taking indecent photographs of the rapes and sexually touching a boy of 13 after police pieced together a shredded photograph of him and the boy naked together on a bed. He was jailed for six years.

Mr Waley said a police investigation into the men’s activities led to an address in Halifax being searched on July 23, 2015, and indecent images and a bag of shredded paper seized.

Peters admitted to the police he had previously had a sexual interest in children but said he had destroyed the photos five years earlier.

The rape victim, now in her early 20s, said she met up with Bristow and Peters when she was a child and called at their home for cigarettes up to four times a week.

Peters then offered her money to remove her top and she was given £5 and told: “Nobody’s going to know. If you tell anyone, you are going to get into trouble.”

Bristow then sexually assaulted her in the bedroom and she was twice raped by him while Peters took photos.

Bristow abused the girl aged ten in 2006, texting her to ask to see her in her underwear and putting his hand down her shirt.

When he was arrested, Bristow told the police he had known Peters for 20 years and visited him up to five times a day.

Peters told investigating officers he and Bristow had lived together for 16 years.

Peters had a previous conviction dating from 1971 for outraging public decency, the court was told. He followed two boys in a hire car and made indecent suggestions to them.

Judge Jonathan Rose told Bristow and Peters: “There is not a single right thinking, decent person who will not be filled with anything but utter revulsion.”

Judge Rose added that members of the public who learned that Peters had been sexually offending against children for 50 years would be revolted and would want him to die in prison but Peters could be sentenced only for the offences admitted on the charge sheet, not for what he had confessed to his probation officer.

Judge Rose told the pair: “You have descended to real depths of depravity.”

He continued: “You have entered into a relationship together. You have become partners in paedophilic abuse.”

Both men must register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives and both are subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order without limit of time.