August 2017

York paedophile jailed for second time

A victim of a York paedophile who abused seven girls has finally got justice 19 years after she first made a complaint about the abuse to police.

Former Nestlé worker John William Robinson, 57, was yesterday jailed at York Crown Court for six years after earlier admitting a total of 14 counts of sexually abusing three girls of primary school age.

Robinson, of Walmer Carr, Wigginton, pleaded guilty to six indecent assaults against one victim, three against another and five against a third. The offences occurred between 1996 and 1999.

He has already served a seven-year sentence – in August 2012 he was jailed for seven years for seven charges of child abuse and indecent assault against four other girls committed in his then home in Haxby starting in 1998

Caroline Wigin, prosecuting, said one of the victims of the current prosecution had an alcoholic and violent father who had left her in Robinson’s care while he babysat. She had suffered daily abuse from Robinson.

Ms Wigin said the abuse of the girls was brought to the attention of the police in 1998 when the victim’s aunt went to police and Robinson was arrested and interviewed. However the prosecution (CPS) felt there wasn’t sufficient detailed and reliable evidence and in 2000 it decided no further action should be taken.

The victim again went to the police in 2012 when Robinson was jailed for abusing the four other girls. Ms Wigin said: “She rang the police when she heard about them. She was told to move on with her life.

“She blames herself for not stopping the defendant from abusing other girls. She phoned again and the current prosecution began.”

In a statement read out to the court the victim said she feels anger towards John Robinson and asks if only he had told the truth in 1998.

“It has taken 19 years but I finally feel some justice,” she says.

She adds she is not confident, often feels unsafe because she knows people are capable of doing horrible things and is unable to form relationships with men and expects she will be single all her life. She feels anxious for the safety of her own child.

Robinson’s barrister Michael Rawlinson said the only piece of mitigation he could offer is that Robinson has pleaded guilty.

On sentencing Judge Paul Batty QC told Robinson: “The efforts of one of the victims were not listened to but she persisted very bravely and finally the authorities have proceeded in the prosecution of you for your offences.

“These represent gross and persistent abuse of young children. Friends, family and the children trusted you and you breached that trust in the grossest, possible way and to the most devastating effect.

July 2017

Paedophile told to expect long prison sentence

A YORK paedophile who abused seven girls has been told to put his affairs in order and prepare for a second long prison sentence.

Former Nestle employee John William Robinson, 57, had just admitted sexually abusing three girls of primary school age.

He has already served a seven-year sentence for abusing four other girls aged between five and 12, starting in 1998.

Adjourning his latest case until 22 August at York Crown Court, Judge Andrew Stubbs QC said: “You will be receiving another lengthy sentence having entered the pleas you have entered.

“As an exercise by the court of mercy, I am going to grant you bail so you can put your affairs in order.”

Caroline Wigin, prosecuting, said Robinson had told the three new victims not to reveal what he was doing.

They had made their allegations before some time ago, but the prosecution then had decided to discontinue the case.

The judge said the three had recently made their allegations again.

Robinson, of Walmer Carr, Wigginton, pleaded guilty to six indecent assaults against one victim and three against each of the other two. The offences occurred between 1996 and 1999.

In August 2012, he was jailed for seven years for seven charges of child abuse and indecent assault against four other girls committed in his then home in Haxby starting in 1998.

He worked for Nestle for 31 years and has lived in and around York for almost 20 years.

His barrister Michael Rawlinson said he had been released from prison on parole in 2016 and had been in regular contact with the probation service since.

“He needs time to put his affairs in order to prepare himself and his wife for the substantial sentence he is going to receive.”

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