A sex monster jailed for 15 years for preying on boys looks set to die behind bars – much to the relief of one of his victims.
Perverted Christopher Allen, aged 69, is HIV positive and muttered as his sentence was announced: “I will be dead”.
The former nightclub boss repeatedly sexually assaulted his victims in the 1980s but escaped justice for almost 30 years.
One was driven to attempt suicide.
Allen, for years a carpet fitter, was convicted after a four-week third trial at Plymouth Crown Court – six years after the first victim came forward.
He was found guilty of one count of buggery count and 16 counts of indecent assault between 1982 and 1989.
Allen, of Tailyour Road, Crownhill claimed all three of his victims were lying about him.
Jailing him for a total of 15 years, Judge Peter Johnson, said: “You were a sexual predator who preyed on young males, starting in 1982.
“You met (first victim’s name) and you decided you would have your way with him.”
He added that Allen, then living in a West Cornwall village, won the trust of the parents.
Judge Johnson said that the defendant groomed his victim for sex and then repeatedly violated him over several years.
Allen went on to sexually abuse the boy’s younger brother in Cornwall and a teenager in Plymouth.
Judge Johnson said: “You are devious and manipulative, you never take any responsibility. It is always someone else’s fault. You are a glib liar who seeks to blacken the name of anyone who does not agree with you, whether it is witnesses or even solicitors.
“Each of your victims has carried a heavy burden for many years. One has described how he attempted to take his own life.”
Allen faced two trials in the same court back in February and November 2016, after the two brothers came forward.
The first hearing was abandoned because of illness and the jury in the second could not agree on their verdicts.
The third victim then came forward and was included in the third trial, which ended in the middle of last month.
Allen, who worked for Allied Carpets in Plymouth, came and went from the darkened courtroom covering his head with a hat and scarf and wearing gloves. He also walked with a stick.
The jury was told that he had a rare condition which made him sensitive to light and also had chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.
The court had frequent breaks and sat for shorter than the usual day to allow Allen to rest.