July 2018

Dangerous predatory sex offender tried to lure three 14 yr old schoolgirls into car

A dangerous predatory sex offender who tried to lure three 14 yr old schoolgirls into his car has been jailed for life (minimum of six years and 176 days)

Police have praised all three for their quick thinking and their bravery in resisting Michael Anthony Robertshaw’s lies.

Andrew Espley, prosecuting at York Crown Court, said the already convicted rapist had been intending to commit sexual offences on them.

Robertshaw had an air rifle with a knife attached and an air pistol at his home, although he was banned from having firearms and was under supervision by a public protection police officer.

Judge Andrew Stubbs QC told Robertshaw: “I find you are a very dangerous man.

“You are a sexual predator, targeting and manipulating lone females. I must pass a sentence of life imprisonment.”

Robertshaw, 41, formerly of Bradford and most recently of Scarborough, North Yorkshire, denied three charges of attempted kidnap and three of attempted kidnap with intent to commit a sexual offence, but was convicted of all by a jury at York Crown Court earlier this month.

He admitted two charges of having air weapons when prohibited from doing so because he had previously served a total of 18 years for raping a woman in Durham in 1997 and indecently assaulting women in Dewsbury in 2003 and Bradford in 1994.

Two similar charges which he denied were left on file.

He was jailed for life but told he must serve a minimum of six years and 176 days.

Each girl told the jury how he approached them in the street when they were alone very early in the morning last September or after dark last January in Scarborough.

The first one he approached twice on two streets. To the others, he masqueraded as an official responsible for seeing children behaving themselves or making sure they get home safely.

None agreed to go with him and all told their parents about him when they got home.