December 2018

Predatory Lincoln paedophile jailed for life

A predatory paedophile who carried out sex attacks against young boys spread over 25 years was this afternoon (Thurs) jailed for life at Lincoln Crown Court.

Trevor Elley, described as having sexually abused young boys for virtually his entire adult life, was ordered to serve a minimum of 12 and a half years before he can be considered for parole.

The court heard he had a number of past convictions for offences against young boys and has previously served jail sentences.

Judge Andrew Easteal, passing sentence, told him: “Once again you have been convicted of sexually abusing children. You have been engaging in that sort of behaviour virtually all of your entire adult life.

“You feel no sense of shame or regret for the immense suffering and harm you caused these boys who are now grown men.

“You were and are perfectly capable of understanding the seriousness and awfulness of what you were doing. You had both the cunning and confidence to groom these boys, to manipulate and bully each one of them to fulfill your perverted sexual appetite.

“You showed them no mercy and you will receive none, only, in my judgement, a sentence that your sordid, despicable behaviour deserves.

“I regard you as a dangerous and predatory paedophile who poses a significant risk of committing further offences against children.”

Elley had denied offences against three boys but was found guilty by a jury following a trial in September of this year.

Laura Pittman, prosecuting, said that one of the boys was aged just seven years old when Elley began abusing him. The boy, who was very vulnerable, was then repeatedly sexually assaulted before being raped.

Two other boys were subjected to a series of sexual assaults starting when they were both 12.

The court was told that all three victims had been badly affected by the abuse inflicted on them by Elley.

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.

He had denied all 12 charges. The offences, involving three different boys, took place between 1983 and 2008.

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.”