June 2018

Depraved man, 92, gets long jail sentence for devastating lives of two victims

A 92-year-old Calderdale man is likely to die in prison after he was convicted of serious sex crimes which have devastated the lives of his two victims.

Enoch Winchurch, 92, was jailed for 14 years after he was found guilty by a jury at Bradford Crown Court of a series of offences against the two victims.

Winchurch, of Albert Avenue, Halifax, shouted from the dock that the allegations were lies and he had done nothing wrong but one of his brave victims, who was sat in the public gallery, stood up and responded:”You ******* well have. You know you did. Stop lying.”

The jury found Winchurch, who is in poor health and struggles to walk with the aid of two elbow crutches, guilty of one allegation of rape, one of attempted rape, six charges of indecent assault and one of indecency with a child.

The allegations date back more than 40 years and because of Winchurch’s denials both women had to give evidence during his trial.

The court heard that Winchurch raped one of the victims in his bed and also tried to rape the other victim on a separate occasion.

“You continue to deny the offences,” Recorder Anthony Hawks told Winchurch.

“You forced those two women, in highly distressing circumstances, to relive their experiences in a public court.

“Your behaviour has had a devastating effect on the lives of those two women.

“I have read victim personal statements which they have made in this case but I’ve also had the opportunity to see both of them in the witness box.

“You robbed those women of their childhood, but in a way it goes further than that because your behaviour, to satisfy your own perverted desires, robbed those two women of a normal happy life. That is the pernicious nature of abusing a child.”

In their victim statements both women described how they still suffered from flashbacks and said they could not forgive Winchurch for what he had done to them.