April 2018

Lichfield paedophile who called victims ‘liars’ jailed for 22 years

A Lichfield paedophile who abused four young girls in the 1970s and 1980s has been jailed for 22 years.

Anthony Ashley, aged 61, was sentenced today at Stafford Crown Court following a two-week trial.

The court heard there were complaints of rapes and indecent assaults from four victims committed between 1977 and 1989.

Judge Jonathan Gosling, sentencing, said: “You must’ve thought you’d got away with these revolting crimes.”

He praised Ashley’s victims for their courage.

“They were dignified, courageous, modest and utterly decent. You showed not a scrap of remorse. You called them liars.”

The court heard Ashley raped one victim when she was just eight and abused another when she was just nine.

Two other girls were indecently assaulted by Ashley when they were aged 12 and between 13 and 15 respectively.

Ashley, of Chadswell Heights, Lichfield, was found guilty of two counts of rape, 10 counts of indecent assault and two counts of gross indecency.

He was found not guilty of one count of indecent assault.

Ashley was also put on the sex offenders’ register for life.