January 2019

Derbyshire paedophile who refused lie detector test jailed for 17 years

A Derbyshire paedophile tried to take his own life after the family of the young girl he abused tried to get him to take a lie detector test.

Derby Crown Court heard how Graham Hackett refused the test when he was confronted by the family of the victim and then took an overdose of tablets.

The 63-year-old survived the attempt, but the police were made aware of the allegations he sexually abused a young girl by medics who treated him.

Hackett then had his laptop and tablet seized and analysis showed how he had Googled terms such as ‘how to cheat a lie detector test,” “can lie detectors be used in court?” and “can you have personal possessions in prison?”

Now he has been jailed for 17 years after admitting a catalogue of sexual offences against the girl, who was under the age 13 at the time he abused her.

Sending him to prison Judge Shaun Smith QC said: “You have ruined her young life.

“She has nightmares thinking you are in the room, she looks under he bed, she said it feels like the nightmares will never end.

“It is impossible for anyone in this court to begin to understand how she must feel.”

Siward James-Moore, prosecuting, said the girl Hackett sexually abused came forward to tell her family what happened to her in June of last year.

He said they went to his home in Linton, Swadlincote, and confronted him about the allegation which he denied.

They the told him they wanted him to take the lie detector test to prove it, but he refused.

Mr Siward-Moore said: “She passed the test, but Mr Hackett took an overdose and ended up in hospital.

“It was the hospital’s medical staff that reported the allegations to the police and the defendant was arrested.

“His electronic items were seized and it was discovered he had Googled terms such as “how to cheat a lie detector test,’ ‘can lie detectors be used in court?’ and ‘can you have personal possessions in prison?’.”

The girl Hackett abused was in court, supported by her family, to see him jailed and Mr James-Moore read out her victim personal statement.

In it she said: “I feel like I have missed my past, present and future.

“I don’t imagine ever to be able to trust a man.

“Thoughts of the abuse just pop into my head and it feels like the nightmares will never truly be over for me.”

Hackett pleaded guilty to child abuse charges including sexual assault, enticing a child to engage in sexual activity and possessing indecent images of children.

As well as the 17-year jail term, Judge Smith placed Hackett on the sex offender’s register for life.

November 2018

Derbyshire man admits string of sex offences against underage girl

A 63-year-old Derbyshire man has admitted sexually assaulting an underage girl.

Dressed in a purple jumper, Graham Hackett also confessed to possessing sick child abuse images.

Appearing from custody at Derby Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to one count of assault by penetration of a child under the age of 13.

Hackett also pleaded guilty to five counts of sexually assaulting the victim, one count of engaging in sexual activity with a child, one count of causing or inciting a girl aged under to 13 to engage in sexual activity and one count of possessing 22 indecent images of a child.

The hearing was told how he has suffered two strokes and has also undergone two “significant heart operations” in recent years.

Judge Shaun Smith QC adjourned the case until December 13, when he is scheduled to sentence Hackett, of Linton, Swadlincote.

He remanded him into custody while the probation service prepare a pre-sentence report and the prosecution obtain victim personal statements.

Judge Smith said: “You have pleaded guilty to very serious offences, but I need to know more about them and about you before I sentence you on December 13.”

Hackett replied: “I understand.”