Retired butcher, 93, placed on Sex Offender Register as one of country’s oldest convicted paedophiles
A Second World War veteran aged in his 90s has been placed on the Sex Offender Register as one of the country’s oldest convicted paedophiles after he admitted molesting a young boy more than 50 years ago.
Jack Nadin, a retired butcher who now uses two walking sticks, got away with his crimes for up to six decades until his victim recently discovered his tormentor was still alive.
The court heard that while the complainant had been deeply affected by the ‘depraved’ abuse he suffered, he was not ‘overly concerned’ about Nadin, now aged 93, being sent to prison.
Nadin, a married father-of-one, had been in his 30s and was working at a shop in a Derbyshire village in the 1960s when he began sexually abusing a young boy.
“The memories of these incidents have never completely left me” – victim
The victim never told anyone of his experience and tried to forget the ordeal. The truth only emerged when he returned to the village years later with his wife and discovered Nadin was still alive.
In a statement to Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court during Nadin’s sentencing on Wednesday, the victim said: ”These incidents have left me confused about my sexuality. They have made me withdrawn, depressed and sad and I felt that my school work suffered as a result.”
The victim said he was driven to ‘suicidal thoughts’ by the abuse, adding: “I have suffered from low self-esteem and lack of confidence and the memories of these incidents have never completely left me…I have experienced things as a child some people don’t experience in a lifetime.
“I have never been overly concerned about him receiving a custodial sentence, I just want an acknowledgement from Nadin that he assaulted and hurt me as a child. It has never been about him going to prison, but him acknowledging that he did something wrong because what he did has affected me my whole life.”
Nadin, who uses two walking sticks and is hard of hearing and who still lives in Derbyshire with his 87 year old wife, admitted eight charges of gross indecency.
He was given 19 months jail, suspended for two years, and will have to sign the Sex Offender Register for ten years.
Passing sentence Judge John Potter told Nadin: “You are 93 years of age and you have no previous convictions recorded against you and yet these are offences involving historic sexual abuse.
“(The victim) reported these matters to the police when he realised that you were still alive so he could, quite rightly, seek closure. The complainant’s victim impact statement makes clear how he has had to deal with the harm that has been caused to him. You subjected a child to sexual activity which was depraved and harmful to him.
“Your actions were selfish and abusive and you used your victim as little more than an object to help you seek sexual gratification. Modern guidelines give a starting point in these cases of five years’ imprisonment.
“However, the maximum sentence I can impose in this case is two years due to when the offences took place. I have to ask myself if it should be suspended and I can for these reasons.
“You are a positive good character and a World War Two veteran who has enjoyed a professional working life contributing positively to the community.
”Your guilty pleas indicate to me that you show some remorse and you are 93 years of age and you are frail. You have trouble hearing and you have the assistance of two walking sticks and somebody by your side at all times. You are the sole carer for for your wife, aged 87, who you have been married to for 64 years.
“You have told your wife and family what you have done, and they have struggled to come to terms with the fact that they shared their lives, for many years, with a man who abused a child.
“Lastly, and most importantly in my opinion, it is the gracious attitude that your victim has displayed towards you. He said it has never been about you going to prison, but you acknowledging what you did to him was wrong.”