August 2018

Perverted Plymouth pensioner filmed himself sexually assaulting schoolgirl

A perverted pensioner has been jailed for sexually assaulting a schoolgirl – and filming himself doing it.

Creepy Robert Boyd, aged 70, twice touched the child in bed when she was six or seven, a court heard.

She has since struggled to cope at school and self-harmed as she could not bring herself to speak to anyone.

Her mother said in a statement: “I felt disgusted about what he had done and wanted him to drop dead. This will haunt me for the rest of my life.”

Boyd also secretly filmed another girl’s crotch area, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

He was only caught when he shamelessly filmed a third girl playing and her family called the police.

Jailing him for two years and four months, Judge Paul Darlow said: “This concerned a child aged six or seven and the behaviour complained of included, it seems, rubbing her leg and inserting your fingers between her legs and kissing her while she was fully clothed.

“You thought she was sleeping but she was awake and scared about what was happening. There was an element of grooming and we are dealing with two separate occasions.”

The families of the two girls abused smiled and nodded at the jail sentence – having feared it could be suspended.

The great-grandmother of the girl who assaulted said: “I hope he rots in there. This is justice.”

The mother of the abused child said in a statement read to the court: “When the police knocked at my door last year, I initially thought that Robert may have died.

“Seeing my daughter break down and agree to speak to the police alone about something that he did to her broke my heart.

“To sit in the courtroom and find out about others, I was not surprised but felt very angry. I felt disgusted about what he had done and wanted him to drop dead there.

“He should not be allowed to walk the streets as these kids are vulnerable.

“This will haunt me for the rest of my life what he did.”

She added that her daughter had self-harmed and struggled to stay in school.

The mum added: “She bottled this up for many years and never told anyone until the day the police came and she agreed to speak to them.

“I understand that I cannot blame this solely on Robert Boyd but I believe that by keeping this to herself, this has had a major impact on the things she has done.

“She began to misbehave more and more.

“I am aware there are images of Boyd touching my daughter over clothing when she was around six. No words can describe how that makes me feel. I struggle to understand and don’t fully understand why anyone would want to do that to a young child. He is a vulgar man and I truly think that he is disgusting.

“What he has done has been devastating to my family. To think that he was touching her while she lay in bed, too afraid to move. This makes me sick to the stomach and I am repulsed by this man.

“My daughter, my family and myself have been so betrayed by him. I want him to pay for what he has done. She was such a quiet girl and he took away her innocence”.

Boyd, of Townshend Avenue, Keyham, admitted two counts of sexually assaulting a girl sometime in 2008 and 2009.

He also pleaded guilty to one count of making a Category B indecent image of her before November last year.

Boyd finally admitted production of a Category C indecent image of the second girl over the same period.

Emily Cook, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Boyd was arrested after he was suspected of filming a girl in November last year.

She added that police found pictures of the child on his computer

The barrister said he had filmed himself touching the girl in bed when she was six of seven.

The court heard he had recorded and kept pictures of one of two similar assaults.

She added the victim told police that she was too afraid to move and feigned sleep as Boyd touched her for five or ten minutes, muttering that she was beautiful.

Miss Cook said Boyd had indecent images of an eight-year-old girl.