October 2017: Now living in Melbourne walk, Northampton
Child molester jailed for four years
A child molester who persuaded his young victim to lie for him in court had been jailed for four years.
Paul Burridge, 38, of Brook Street, Daventry, was convicted of eight counts of indecent assault on a boy after a three-day trial.
He was also found guilty of trying to pervert the course of justice.
Burridge had first appeared in court in 2000 after the victim’s mother had found indecent photographs of her son.
Police searched Burridge’s home and found images of the boy on his computer, some naked some partially clothed.
Burridge was charged with taking the photographs and was convicted of the offences after a trial at Daventry Magistrates Court.
At a sentencing hearing before Northampton Crown Court, Pearl Willis prosecuting, claimed that Burridge coaxed the boy to give evidence that there was an innocent explanation for the pictures.
Burridge had alleged that it was the boy’s idea that he should model for an underwear catalogue.
Appearing in the witness stand, the victim said Burridge had spoken to him many times about what he should say in the case.
He said: “He said we should get our stories straight.”
The victim also said that Burridge had indecently assaulted him many times between 1996, when he was 13, and 1999.