January 2019

Man, 77, jailed for 18 years after abusing children on his boats in Bridgwater area

A 77-year-old man has been jailed for 18 years after being found guilty of a number of child sex offences.

Sidney John Jenkins, of Woolavington, abused his vulnerable victims on his boats and the clubhouse of the sailing club he belonged to in the Bridgwater area.

He also committed offences at a caravan he kept in Cannington and at one of his victim’s homes.

Following a trial at Taunton Crown Court he was convicted of 12 rapes, three sexual assaults and two counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

He was sentenced today (Friday, 25 January) at Bristol Crown Court.

The court heard he would often convince one of his victims to stand and watch while he would abuse the other and would pay them with cash, tobacco, drugs and alcohol.