March 2019

Dangerous Barrow paedophile locked up for destroying victims’ trust in humankind

A sexual predator who abused two young girls when they were aged just six and eight has been jailed

Scott Webb targeted his victims when he was 16 and when he had been trusted to babysit them.

Unbeknown to each other, the two sisters had separately been sexually abused by Scott Webb over a period of four months

Webb was eventually found guilty of four counts of sexual assault on a girl under 13, and two charges of assault by penetration on two girls under 13.

At Burnley Crown Court today the Judge Andrew Jefferies QC jailed Webb, 28, to eight years and three months with an extended licence.

The judge said: “I have no doubt you are dangerous and my duty is to the public to whom you present a danger.”

Although Webb has pleaded guilty to the offences he showed no remorse to his victims. One victim told the judge Webb had destroyed their trust in humankind.

Webb was also jailed for 19 months after pleading guilty to using coercive and controlling behaviour to his ex-partner and mother of his child.

The sentence was welcomed by Detective Sergeant Rebecca Joseph, who paid tribute to the bravery of the sexual abuse victims.

The case was a complex investigation that was pursued over time before charges were brought against Webb.

In police interview, he denied carrying out the offences.

But he was sentenced after later admitting the charges.

In 2007 one of the girls reported the abuse to her mum, who recalled: “She was bright and happy but a light was taken from her.

“She trusted no one and yet wanted to please everyone… She became ashamed of her body and hated her looks.”

The family reported the offences to police and were devastated to be told Webb faced no further action. But the case was re-opened in 2014 when her sister confided that she had also been abused by Webb.

To their shock, and even the detectives involved in the investigation, the Crown Prosecution Service announced there was not sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.

Finally, last year, Webb was charged with a string of offences relating to the sexual abuse.

Mum speaks out over fight to bring daughters’ abuser to justice

A Barrow mum whose two young daughters were repeatedly sexually assaulted by the same man has spoken out about their fight for justice.

Unbeknown to each other, the two sisters had separately been sexually abused by Scott Webb over a period of four months when they were both under 10.

Webb was eventually found guilty of four counts of sexual assault on a girl under 13, and two charges of assault by penetration on two girls under 13.

In 2007 one of the girls reported the abuse to her mum, who recalled: “She was bright and happy but a light was taken from her.

“She trusted no one and yet wanted to please everyone… She became ashamed of her body and hated her looks.”

The family reported the offences to police and were devastated to be told Webb faced no further action. But the case was re-opened in 2014 when her sister confided that she had also been abused by Webb.

To their shock, and even the detectives involved in the investigation, the Crown Prosecution Service announced there was not sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.

The girls’ mum, who we cannot identify because of the automatic right to anonymity given to sex offence victims, refused to accept the decision and was determined Webb would be brought to justice.

“My children felt as if no-one believed them; they just wanted the chance to give their side and for a fair trial,” she told The Mail.

“Webb abused my kids and nearly destroyed our family.”

The determined mum embarked on a battle to persuade the CPS to reconsider by lodging an appeal through the Victim’s Right to Review.

She was supported by Detective Constable Rebecca Joseph and Victim Support Worker Sarah Place who she has described as “our rocks”.

Finally, last year, Webb was charged with a string of offences relating to the sexual abuse.

A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service said: “The case was reviewed under the CPS’s Victim’s Right to Review Scheme which makes it easier for victims to seek a review of a CPS decision not to bring charges, and following that review the decision not to prosecute was overturned.”

Webb, now aged 28 and a dad-of-three, pleaded not guilty at Preston Crown Court in September 2018.

His trial was due to take place last month but on the first day he pleaded guilty.

His victims’ mum, who has since received an apology from the CPS, said: “This conviction has come at a massive cost but I couldn’t let my kids down; they deserved to be believed and they deserved justice.

“The effects of what Webb did to my children are profound.

He not only assaulted them; he took away a trust in humanity that no child should ever endure.”

The family has “been through hell”, she said, but added: “They now have justice and can go about rebuilding their lives.

“I just want them to walk forward now, not as victims, but survivors.”

Webb will be sentenced on March 18.