June 2017

Judge endures torrent of abuse after jailing sex offender

A JUDGE who jailed a sex offender for abusing three young girls was forced to endure a torrent of foul-mouthed abuse – not from the defendant but from a furious relative of some of the victims.

The air turned blue as the aggressive man angrily stood up in the public gallery and repeatedly swore – hurling nasty insults.

Instead of showing respect for the court and thanking the judge for the prison sentence imposed on the defendant, as others usually do, he swore at him and shouted that it was all a “waste of time”.

He also hurled abuse at the defendant.

The man stormed out of the court, loudly slamming the door as he left.

He was lucky not to be arrested for contempt of court because of the frightening outburst – and to find himself being jailed.

There was no immediate apology from him or others in court.

Gary Beddoes, 30, denied committing a series of sexual offences in the Scunthorpe area but was convicted by a jury of seven of them after a trial at Grimsby Crown Court.

They included assault by penetration, sexual assault and incitement to sexual activity.

He was jailed for five years and nine months – to run consecutively to a six-year prison sentence for arson that he is already serving.

Recorder Tahir Khan QC told Beddoes: “You have been convicted by the jury of seven offences of a sexual nature that were committed against three very young victims.”

The offences dated back to October 2015.

Beddoes “took advantage” of two of the girls and touched them sexually, said Recorder Khan.

Beddoes encouraged a third girl to engage in sexual behaviour but she would not do so, saying it was “disgusting”.

He also sexually assaulted her.

“This was repeated offending,” said Recorder Khan.

“There have been no expressions of remorse for the harm you have done.”

Beddoes, formerly of Kenneth Avenue, Stainforth, is currently serving a six-year sentence imposed at Sheffield Crown Court in September last year for two offences of arson, being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

After the guilty verdicts, defence barrister Gordon Stables said: “There is no mitigation.”

Beddoes will have to register his details as a sex offender for life.

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