February 2019

Disgusting Rolls-Royce worker sexually abused underage boy in Alvaston

A “morally corrupt” paedophile from Derby deliberately targeted an underage boy with learning difficulties and sexually abused him.

Rolls-Royce worker Patrick Byrne would take the victim on days out and then back to his Alvaston home, where he would show him pornographic films and feed him alcohol before carrying out disgusting acts on him.

The 57-year-old, who a judge described as “devilish,” would also make the boy touch him sexually.

Byrne, of Keldholme Lane, denied anything happened and took the case to trial, meaning almost 10 years after the abuse began, his victim had to relive his ordeal.

And in a statement read to Derby Crown Court, the victim said he hoped his abuser would be sent to prison “to stop anything happening to anyone else”.

Jailing Byrne for eight-and-a-half-years, Judge Robert Egbuna said: “You portrayed to the jury that you were an upstanding member of society, working for Rolls-Royce, but you were anything but.

“You are morally corrupt, you were devilish and were devoid of showing any kindness towards the victim in this case.

“You knew that you were dealing with a young man that displayed autistic traits who had difficulty communicating and expressing himself.

“It is quite clear he had significant learning difficulties. It is also quite clear the offences were committed purely for your own sexual gratification.

“You did not care at all about the welfare of this young man.

“You took advantage of him, delighting in showing him pornographic films before engaging in sexual activity with him.

“It is quite clear to me, having heard the evidence, you targeted a particularly vulnerable child, you must have known he was that.

“You groomed him, there is a significant disparity in age and even now (as I sentence you) you are shaking your head indicating the lack of remorse for your offending.

“You committed more than one offence of abuse against this young man.

“You were relentless just for your sexual gratification.”

Byrne, of Keldholme Lane, took the case to trial, meaning his victim had to come to court to give evidence.

But a jury found him guilty of 12 counts of sexual assault against a child.

Prosecutor Esther Harrison read out part of a victim impact statement made by the boy, who is now a father in his 20s.

In it he said: “I struggle to sleep and sometimes have flashbacks

“I hope he gets sent down. That will make my life better and he can’t do anything to anyone again.

“Thankfully my life has improved since this happened to me.”