January 2019

‘Evil monster’ jailed for sexual abuse of children

AN “evil monster” who sexually abused children has been jailed.

John Kelsey, from Stanley, in County Durham, was given a 32-year prison sentence after being found guilty of 16 charges of rape and indecent assault.

Durham Crown Court heard Kelsey, who is 77 next month, had shown no remorse for his crimes.

His victims attended the court on Friday to speak out about the impact his abuse had on their lives.

One victim said: “I don’t think I can ever get over this. I will never wash away the fear I suffered.

“He was a monster who was evil and preyed on me as a vulnerable child.”

The other victim, who dealt with depression and suicidal thoughts as a result of the abuse, added: “I was not allowed to be the happy child I should have been. I had to put on a facade and pretend to be a normal child.

“I still have to put on a brave face today to survive.”

The abuse happened over a number of years several decades ago.

The court heard Kelsey had threatened his victims to prevent them from telling anyone and made them perform sexual favours in exchange for sweets and ice cream.

Kelsey, of Sheridan Drive, has one previous conviction of indecently assaulting and having unlawful activity with a child in 1983.

David Callan, mitigating, said: “There can be no mitigation.”

Judge Jonathan Carroll, who praised the bravery of both victims, said: “For your victims, or survivors as they should think of themselves, this has been a lifetime of tragedy. I hope that today may be the first step in their recovery.”

He added: “Your threats and intimidation worked. You have had a lifetime free and not being known as the sex offender you are because your threats secured their silence for so long.”