September 2017

Paedophile who abused three young girls

A paedophile pensioner told his three young victims that they would be hated and not believed if they spoke out about his vile abuse.

Today he was jailed for 11 years after the young girls plucked up the courage to speak of their ordeals.

78-year-old Graham Boyle, from Laws Street, Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, but originally from Bridgwater, admitted five charges of sexual assault on children under the age of the 13.

The mothers of two of the girls stared Boyle down in the courtroom as they revealed the devastating effect the abuse had on their children.

One of the parents told Taunton Crown Court: “She spoke words that no mother should hear from a daughter. She was so worried she wouldn’t be taken seriously.

“He told her that no-one would believe her and everyone would hate her if she told anyone. My baby had her innocence stolen.”

She said: “She found her courage and the bravery to come forward because she was afraid other girls would be next. She came forward to protect others.”

A second mother said: “The look of fear on my daughter’s face will stay with me forever. I need to see justice for the mental and physical abuse against my baby girl.”

Prosecuting, Pushpanjali Gohil told the court that Boyle’s victims were between the ages of eight and 12.

“They never felt they were able to tell anyone,” said Ms Gohil.

“It’s had a dramatic impact on children and their families.”

Sentencing, Judge David Evans said he was handing down a sentence for a series of despicable sexual assaults.

“There are a number of aggravating features, including the fact that you did not plead guilty at an earlier opportunity, and have shown no remorse,” he said.

“The dignity of what these girls and their families have been through stands in stark contrast to your own behaviour.

“If you had the decency to admit your guilt from the outset, you would have spared them the needless worry they would undoubtedly have suffered in the run-up to a trial.

“But that pales into significance in the face of the shameful abuse you inflicted upon each of those girls.”

The judge handed down a combined sentence of 11 years in prison, with Boyle breathing heavily and clutching the rail of the dock as it was handed down.

As Boyle was led from the dock to the cells, there were outbursts from people in the public gallery.

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