September 2018

“Predatory sex offender” faces life sentence

A paedophile convicted of offences against young boys spread over three decades was warned at a hearing on Friday that he faces a possible life sentence.

Trevor Elley, who had denied the offences, was found guilty by a jury today at the end of a trial at Lincoln Crown Court.

Judge Andrew Easteal remanded him in custody to await sentence on a later date.

Elley, 65, of Queen Street, Lincoln, was found guilty of two offences of rape of a child under the age of 13, two offences of sexually assaulting a child under 13, seven offences of indecent assault on a male and a further charge of attempted buggery.

The offences, involving three different boys, took place between 1983 and 2008.

During the trial the jury was told that Elley had previous convictions for sexually abusing young children dating back to the 1970s.

Judge Easteal told him: “You have shown yourself to be a predatory sex offender. There is absolutely no doubt that you have constituted throughout your whole life a danger to children. You have abused remorselessly.

“This has been a particularly difficult and at times horrific case.

“I now have to consider whether to impose a sentence that is determinate or one that is indeterminate. An indeterminate sentence is one that has no limit – a life sentence.”