July 2017

‘Aggressive’ Cambridge paedophile abused and groomed child

An “aggressive” paedophile has been found guilty of sexually abusing and grooming a child

Robin Matthews, 63, of Hobart Road, Cambridge, was convicted by a jury of 21 counts of child sex abuse on two young children going back as far as 1970 up until 1992 following a week-long trial.

The victims had felt too ashamed to come forward or tell anyone until 2015.

Matthews would forcibly take the victims and sexually assault or rape them, before giving them money or threaten to kill them if they told anyone.

Matthews drove one victim to a beach where a hole was dug and threatened to put them in it.

The victims were as young as four years old and the abuse took place regularly for years.

Matthews sexually abused one victim until the age of consent, where the victim felt confused into thinking they were lovers and what they did was normal relationship behaviour.

At Cambridge Crown Court today (July 28), Judge David Farrell QC said that the offences have had “awful effects” on the victims.

Matthews gave no comment during proceedings, even during evidence – only that “he did not do it”.

Judge Farrell, who committed Matthews to custody following the verdict, added that Matthews will get a “very significant” sentence.

The court will decide on his sentence on August 31.

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