September 2017: Paedophile David Pennery’s seven year jail sentence was referred to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme by the Attorney General. 

Pennery twice abused a young boy and was caught with more than 4,000 indecent images of children.  The case was reviewed but judges opted not to increase the 25-year-old’s sentence.

It means the former Colchester Zoo worker is likely to serve three-and-a-half years in jail and the remainder on licence when he is released in late 2020. 

June 2017

Vile paedophile who preyed upon a five-year-old boy is jailed for seven years

A VILE paedophile who repeatedly sexually assaulted a young boy has been jailed for seven years.

Former Colchester Zoo worker David Pennery will also be on the sex offences register for the rest of his life.

The 25-year-old assaulted the boy – who was as young as five when his campaign began – a number of times after he earned the trust of the boy’s parents.

Pennery, formerly of Circus Square, in Colchester, and now of Rayner Road, in Colchester, initially denied the charges but later admitted preying upon the boy.

The attacks, one of which lasted up to 20 minutes, took place in the family home, in Frinton, as well as in Pennery’s home between March 2014 and December 2015.

When he was initially arrested in December 2015, police also found more than 4,000 indent images of children as well as about 800 sickening videos on his computers and USB drives.

In total, he had downloaded 879 of the most serious Category A images, 1,164 Category B images and 2,243 Category C images, almost of of which were of pre-teen boys. A search also found more than 60 videos.

Jailing the paedophile at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday, Judge Martyn Levett said: “The harm caused by your actions is immeasurable and undoubtedly carries through the family as a whole.

“The boy was extremely young at the time and you carried out the assaults on several occasions.

“It was at a time when you had been accepted and trusted into the family.”

The first assault took place in the boy’s bedroom, during which Pennery told his victim: “Sssh, don’t tell anyone.”

A separate incident took place in Pennery’s home after a day out.

In a statement, the family added: “We are glad that this man is now behind bars and we want to thank Essex Police for the hard work they put into this case.

“No sentence will make up for the pain and suffering we have gone through as a family though, and the recovery from this ordeal will take time.”

Pennery, who has shown remorse, was sentenced after admitting three counts of sexual assault of a child and three counts of possession of indecent images of children.

May 2017

Paedophile faces jail after sex assaults on four-year-old

THE father of a boy who was sexually assaulted by a former zoo worker says he will never forgive the attacker.

Vile David Pennery sexually assaulted the boy four times when his victim was aged just four and five.

Pennery, who worked at Colchester Zoo at the time of the sex attacks, is set to be jailed next month.

The victim’s father said the attacks turned his family’s lives “upside down” but he is ready to move on as soon as Pennery is behind bars.

The dad, who lives in Colchester, said: “Our lives fell apart when we found out what had been going on.

“Words can’t describe what I felt.

“You have anger, you feel sick to your stomach and you wonder what you could have done to stop it.

“I will never, ever, forgive him.”

At least one of the attacks took place at Colchester Zoo.

When 25-year-old Pennery, of Circus Square, Colchester, was arrested, police also found hundreds of indecent images of children on his laptop, which were downloaded between April 2013 and December 2015.

Pennery also faced two child rape charges and had been due to stand trial for them today.

That trial will not now go ahead.

The victim’s dad said: “We just did not want to put our boy through it.

“He has been going to the Colchester-based Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse we have our boy back at about 85 per cent of where he was and we just didn’t want to bring it all back and make him go through it all.

“He has come so far and has improved so much with the help of the Cara staff.

“He is now a totally different boy to how he was 18 months ago.

“He has had to deal with so much so young.

“As soon as Pennery is behind bars, we can start again.”

Pennery has admitted four sexual assaults on a victim aged under 13 and five counts of possessing indecent images of children.

He was released from court on conditional bail until his sentencing.