April 2018

Jail for Combs man who sexually abused schoolboy

A man from Combs who sexually abused a schoolboy more than a decade ago has been jailed.

Stanley Blatchford, 68, had denied five offences of indecent assault but on Monday was found guilty by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court following a trial.

Judge David Goodin sentenced Blatchford, of Bildeston Road, Combs, to six years jail and ordered him to sign the sexual offences register.

The court had heard prosecution claims that the victim – who at the time was aged between 13 and 15 – had been sexually abused while visiting a mobile home owned by Blatchford. It was alleged that the indecent assaults took place between 2001 and 2004.

Prosecuting, Katherine Davey said that Blatchford, who at the time had been in his early 50s, had allowed the boy to play computer games. It was also alleged that Blatchford had shown the boy pornographic magazines, said Miss Davey.

The boy said that he was told that if he said ‘no’ three times Blatchford would stop the assaults but when the boy said ‘no’ three times, it was ignored.

Following his arrest, Blatchford denied having engaged in an inappropriate behaviour with the boy.