March 2018

Chard businessman Peter Bishop, 54, jailed for child sex offences

A CHARD businessman has been jailed for five years for historic sex offences.

Peter Bishop, 54, of Pottery Road, Horton, was sentenced at Taunton Crown Court today (Thursday, March 29) for three counts of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 13.

Prosecutor Virginia Cornwall read an impact statement from the victim.

The statement read: “I told her parents about Bishop’s abuse but they did not believe me. This strained my relationship with my parents, and his abuse has left me feeling alone, unimportant and unable to trust people.

A jury delivered their guilty verdict against Bishop on March 5.

Sentencing, Judge David Ticehurst told Bishop the effects of his actions had been ‘catastrophic and devastating’.

“To all intents and purposes you lived a normal and decent life and you were well thought of in the community. You even set up a successful business but behind that was the dreadful secret of abuse,” Judge Ticehurst said.

“Your victim said she feels ashamed but she has nothing to be ashamed of – but you have everything to be ashamed of.

“Everything you have lost is entirely the result of your own action and all because of your perverted sexual interest in a little girl.”