February 2018

Vile sex offender jailed for abusing children as young as three

A sex offender from Cornwall has been jailed for abusing children during the 1980s and 1990s.

Christopher Gillard abused victims as young as three years old in West Malling, Kent, over a period spanning more than a decade.

A Kent Police investigation began in December 2015 after one of his victims came forward.

Officers discovered he had targeted and assaulted a further three children.

Maidstone Crown Court heard how Gillard had carried out the abuse on multiple occasions, between 1987 and 1999, during a time he had been living in Sittingbourne, but also had connections to West Malling.

Now aged 64 and formerly of Penscombe Cross, Lezant, Launceston, in Cornwall, Gillard was charged with eight counts of indecent assault.

He had initially denied any wrong doing, telling police he had simply been ‘play fighting’ with his young victims.

However, at Maidstone Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to five of the charges.

The other three charges were ordered by the judge to remain on file.

On February 8 Gillard was sentenced to five years and three months imprisonment.

February 2018

Pervert found guilty of child sexual abuse in West Malling

A sex offender who targeted and assaulted children as young as three several decades ago has finally been brought to justice.

Christopher Gillard has been jailed for abusing children in West Malling during the 1980s and 1990s.

He attacked victims as young as three over a period spanning more than a decade.

Gillard had initially denied any wrongdoing, telling police he had simply been ‘play fighting’ with his young victims.

A Kent Police investigation began in December 2015 after one of his victims came forward.

Enquires led to the discovery he had targeted and assaulted a further three children.

Gillard had carried out the abuse on multiple occasions, between 1987 and 1999, during a time he had been living in Sittingbourne, but also had connections to West Malling.

Now aged 64 and formerly of Penscombe Cross, Lezant, Launceston, in Cornwall, Gillard was charged with eight counts of indecent assault.

However, at Maidstone Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to five of the charges. The other three charges were ordered by the judge to remain on file.

Yesterday, Gillard was sentenced to five years and three months imprisonment.