May 2019

Crewe paedophile, 61, locked up for 10 years after abusing girls as young as nine

A 61-year-old man from Crewe has been put behind bars for a minimum of 10 years for sexual offences against children.

David Van-Emmenis appeared at Chester Crown Court for sentencing on Wednesday (May 15) following a trial.

Five girls of varying ages were abused by the man, the youngest victim being nine-year-old.

Following the trial the 61-year-old was convicted on nine counts of sexual offences against children.

Summaries of victim statements provided by mothers of two of the young girls explained how their children had suffered in the years following their abuse.

Prosecutor Matthew Corbett-Jones read of summaries of the statements in today’s sentencing.

One read: “[Redacted] continues to be up and down with her moods to this day despite regular counselling.”

The mother of another girl had said: “She ceases to be the happy fun-loving child she had been. She became detached and withdrawn.”

The same girl has been affected by anxiety, which manifests itself in difficulty sleeping and stomach problems.

She also has very low self-esteem, describing herself as ‘hopeless’ and ‘worthless’.

Mr Corbett-Jones read: “There has been a noticeable decline in her achievements and since the abuse has had significant trust issues.”

While sentencing the man Judge Berkson said: “There have been nine offences on five young girls.

“You preyed on each of these young girls.”

The judge described the lasting effects of the offences on the young victims.

He said: “There was a clear breach of trust and evidence of psychological harm given at the trial.”

The defendant has 10 previous court appearances for 22 offences relating to minor convictions relating to low level crime.

For counts one and two the defendant received 15 months in prison each.

On the third count he was sentenced to one year in custody. On this count Judge Berkson explained that the 61-year-old would serve a term of 10 years in custody before he would be able to be referred to a parole board.

At this point if the parole board decides to end the custodial sentence the Crewe man will serve the remainder of his sentence while on licence.

For counts four and five the man was handed 15 months each.

On counts six, seven and eight a total custodial term of 21 years was given to the man.

For the final count the defendant was convicted of, he was ordered to serve 30 months in prison.

All the custodial sentences will be served concurrently.

As well as a minimum custodial sentence of 10 years the Crewe man was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.

He was also given a sexual harm prevention order which restricts him from being in the company of any child.