July 2017

Ashby pensioner who abused four young girls could die in prison

A 76-year-old pensioner from Ashby has been jailed for 11 years for sexually abusing four young girls.

George Greatorex, of North Street had denied indecent conduct towards any of the youngsters.

But following a trial at Leicester Crown Court, a jury convicted him of eight offences, representing various types of indecency on various dates between 1996 and 2007.

Two of the victims were aged between four and six years old, a third girl was between seven and nine and the fourth victim was 13 years old.

Sentencing Greatorex, Judge Ebraham Mooncey said the offences had had “dire effects” on the complainants.

The court heard that some of the victims did not complain until years later, but the judge said: “No-one should judge a child who goes through this experience and tries to deal with it the best way they can, locking it away in the dark recess of the mind whilst trying to maintain a normal life.

“Each dealt with their experience in their own different and individual way.”

The judge told the defendant, who appeared at his sentencing hearing via a live video link from jail: “You’re in poor health now and you have various ailments.

“But I note that you’d already stopped work, through ill health, before you began any of this offending.

“You have no previous convictions and haven’t offended for the last 10 years or more.

“The effect of the sentence I impose upon you may be that the remains of your declining years are spent in custody.

“There’s a real chance you will spend the rest of your life in prison.

“It must be clearly understood that because of totality the individual sentences are less than if they had stood alone.”

Greatorex was found guilty of one indecent assault, four counts of sexually assaulting girls under 13, three of sexual activity with a child and one of causing a child to watch a sexual act, by showing her pornographic images on playing cards.

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