Man who repeatedly raped schoolgirl on live webcam tried to claim he’d been treated harshly

He thought his 22-year sentence was too severe

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A “committed paedophile” caged for horrific sex crimes against a schoolgirl he treated “like some animal” richly deserved his 22-year sentence.

David Hart subjected his vulnerable victim to repeated sex attacks when she was as young as 11, even involving her in a sick act of bestiality.

He also shared video footage of his perverted acts with like-minded perverts on the web, Mr Justice Spencer told London’s Appeal Court.

“These offences were among the most serious of their kind that one can imagine,” the judge added.

Hart, 61, was jailed for 22 years at Swansea Crown Court in September last year after jurors convicted him of 16 charges – 12 of rape, two of indecent assault, one of assault by penetration and one of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Labelled a “dangerous” offender, Hart, was also ordered to serve three extra years on licence after leaving jail.

His offences included multiple rapes against his young victim and the judge said: “She was subjected to horrific abuse.”

He took one of his victim’s virginity by pinning her up against a stable wall and raping her, and eventually a few hundred people would watch him commit his abuse via an internet chat room.

The schoolgirl suffered “severe psychological harm”, and the trial judge said Hart had treated her “like some animal”.

When the jury was considering its verdict in the case Hart was admitted to Swansea’s Morriston Hospital and subsequently had to be re-arrested having disappeared from the wards.

Hart, of Morriston, Swansea, challenged his sentence in the Appeal Court, claiming it was far too harsh and should be cut.

But Mr Justice Spencer, sitting with two other judges, ruled his punishment fair and described Hart as a “committed paedophile”.

His victim had suffered terribly at his hands, before finally “plucking up the courage” to go to the authorities.

The judge refused Hart permission to appeal against sentence, branding his challenge “totally without merit”.




Pervert jailed for sex chat with fake ’14-year-old girl’

A PAEDOPHILE is back behind bars after he was caught trying to get a 14-year-old to carry out a sex act over Skype.

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Gary Palmer sent a vile picture of himself as he tried to encourage the youngster to carry out a sex act on herself for his own gratification.

But in reality the 37-year-old was corresponding with a police officer who was patrolling internet chat rooms under the guise of a teenage girl.

Palmer was deemed a risk of future offending and banned from online chat rooms as part of a sentence imposed in 2009 at Salisbury.

But in February this year an officer using the name Phoebe was online when the defendant started a highly sexualised conversation.

“The law enforcement officer made it clear that he or she was a 14-year-old child several times throughout the conversation,” Colin Meeke, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court.

“But the chat very quickly descended to the most lurid tones and terms. I don’t need to read them out: they are singularly boring but equally obscene.”

He said Palmer tried to get what he thought was a schoolgirl to carry out sex acts on herself while he sent her vile images of himself and also of bestiality.

As a result of what the officer saw they were able to track down the defendant’s computer and colleagues went to his home and arrested him.

He was found to have two mobile phones, one of which confirmed the contact he had made with the officer, and when he was questioned he admitted what he had done.

Palmer, formerly of Hazel Close, Salisbury, but now of Sparrow Street, Trowbridge, admitted breaching a sexual offences prevention order, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and possessing extreme pornography.

The court was told that he was jailed for five years, with a three year extended licence, at Salisbury Crown Court in 2009.

On that occasion he had contacted girls under 13 online and persuaded them to undress and carry out sex acts on themselves while he watched on a webcam.

He also distributed indecent photographs of children and was found with more than 800 images of child abuse.

He was released from the jail term in 2011 but after breaching his licence was returned to prison getting out in 2015.

Nicola Talbot-Hadley, defending, said that her client was sorry for what he had done and was aware he needed help for his issues.

As a result of being remanded in custody she said he had lost his job and flat for what was a single lapse.

Jailing him Judge Jason Taylor QC said “You said to probation that you are attracted to girls over the age of 11. You are a high risk of committing further sexual offences.

“The girl was an undercover police officer patrolling the chat room. Had she not been patrolling the web sit that might have been a real 14-year-old girl.”

He sentenced him to 18 months with a three year extended licence meaning he will serve two thirds of the custodial period.



Predatory paedophile who used bondage restraints on victims loses appeal against sentence

The horrific catalogue of crimes took place over a period of seven years

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A ‘dangerous’ child sex predator has failed to convince top judges that his 15-year jail term was too tough.

Andrew Edward Pykett, 39, of Clarendon Street, Leamington Spa, was locked up at Warwick Crown Court in May last year after admitting a total of 40 offences against 10 teenage girls over a seven-year period.

His victims were aged just 13 to 16 and the catalogue of horrific crimes stretched over a seven-year period and took place in South Yorkshire, Essex, London, Wiltshire, South Wales, Nottingham, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Chesterfield and even the United States.

The predator – who even filmed some of his sick crimes – was branded a ‘danger to the public’ and ordered to serve an extra seven years on licence after his release from prison.

But yesterday, lawyers for Pykett argued at London’s Court of Appeal that his jail term was far too harsh and should be cut.

They said he was of previous good character and had shown remorse.

But Lord Justice Hamblen, sitting with two other judges, said Pykett had taken ‘predatory advantage’ of his vulnerable victims and dismissed the appeal.

Pykett admitted a ‘series of sexual offences relating to children’, Lord Justice Hamblen told London’s Appeal Court.

His crimes took place over a seven to eight year period when he was aged 30 to 37.

He groomed young girls, aged 13 to 15, over the internet. Victims came from across the country and one of them from the USA.

Pykett met up with at least eight of the teenagers and engaged in sexual activity with several of them.

He filmed some of the victims, engaged in incestuous father-daughter fantasy role play and used bondage restraints and sex toys.

Pykett admitted meeting a child following sexual grooming and sexual activity with a child.

He also pleaded guilty to taking indecent photographs of a child and drug possession.

And the judge who jailed him described his crimes as “appalling”.

Statements from the victims were “heart-rending” and showed the “lifelong harm” he had caused them.

His “selfish conduct led to misery” and he no doubt presented a real and present danger to young women.

Lord Justice Hamblen, sitting with two other judges, said Pykett took “predatory advantage” of his vulnerable victims.

He said it was “sexual offending of the most serious kind” and the Crown Court judge had carried out a “very careful and considered sentencing exercise”.

“The sentence imposed is not wrong in principle or excessive, still less manifestly so,” the judge ruled, dismissing the appeal.



Paedophile drives Parnham Coaches out of business

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A LUDGERSHALL coach company that has been running for 45 years has shut down after one of its drivers was convicted for filming up schoolgirls’ skirts.

Parnham Coaches closed on Monday, April 16. Managing director Ray Parnham said the company had decided to go into voluntary liquidation.

Last year, former driver Andrew Whatmough was jailed for 14 months and given a sexual harm prevention order after installing a hidden camera on his coach and filming schoolgirls.



Mr Parnham said it had left the business in an “untenable” position and led to Hampshire and Wiltshire county councils cancelling their contracts with the company.

He said: “Forty five years of serving Hampshire and Wiltshire county councils and we had three days notice – all your contracts are cancelled.”

“I sacked him and then two years later the police came in with photographs. We weren’t told anything for many years. It is only what we have learnt from Whatmough’s prosecution,” Mr Parnham added.

Mr Parnham said there were “many different reasons” for closing the business, which were also due to “age and ill health”.

On closing down the company, he added: “It is very emotional. I have had drivers in tears. I’ve got drivers that have been here [a long time], the longest has been here 27 years.

“They are very skilled tour drivers. I’ve got others that have been here 20, 18 and 15 years. They have been here a lifetime.

“I have had lots of messages of sympathy.”

Just before Christmas the coach company had to let 18 of its drivers go and it is now laying off about 20 more. But, Mr Parnham said some of the drivers had been found jobs.

“We have chosen to close the company down,” he added.

“It is quite sad but we are at an age where we don’t want to deal with the stress any more.”

A spokesman for Hampshire County Council said: “Hampshire County Council may terminate a contract with immediate effect if the supplier commits a fundamental breach of any condition of contract. As part of the contract, Parnhams agreed to comply with obligations in relation to appropriate Personnel and Disclosure Barring Service requirements. Following non-compliance, the county council considered this to be a fundamental breach of contract by the supplier.”



A Tonbridge sex offender who got a teenage girl pregnant is now living in the woods

Robert Homewood spent 42 months in jail after being found guilty of having sex with an underage girl. Now he is homeless and living under branches in the woods

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A convicted paedophile has been breaking the terms of the sex offenders’ register while living in woodland, a court heard.

Robert Homewood, 36, was jailed for 42 months for having sex with an underage girl in 2008 and had been living with his disabled mother in Tonbridge.

But after a row with the council Homewood was issued with a restraining order and told he had to leave the Tonbridge property in November last year.

Appearing before Sevenoaks magistrates yesterday (April 24), Homewood admitted to failing to register at Tonbridge police station on four separate occasions, a legal requirement for someone on the sex offenders’ register.

Probation officer, David Mowbray said Homewood’s life had “descended into chaos” since the eviction and he had difficulty in remembering.

He told the court “things had got on the top of him – he is homeless at the moment and has been for some time.”

“He had been living with his mother but after an altercation with the council they said he could not live at the property and he now has a restraining order placed on him.

“Since that day in 2017 he has been living in local woods under makeshift branches.”

He said Homewood suffered from a number of mental health issues, mood swings, paranoia and early on-set dementia and had a complicated life.

“What is abundantly clear is that here are a myriad of issues that need to be addressed,” he added.

“He does not appear to have had any significant support in the community.

Prosecuting Mark Kateley admitted there had been “no deliberate failure” on Homewood’s part not to comply with the conditions of the sex offences register.

And once living at a permanent address he could return to notifying police of his whereabouts on an annual basis, he said.

Chairman of the bench Anne Lightbody sentenced Homewood to a 12 month community order – including 30 days of rehabilitation activity with the probation service.

She said she hoped this would help “address some of the issues” Homewood had.

He was also ordered to pay an £85 victim surcharge.



Former South Cumbria school owner sentenced for assault and child cruelty

The former owner of a South Cumbria private school who physically abused two boys during his time in charge has been jailed for 20 months.

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Derrick Cooper, 77, was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today (THURS) for two crimes against youngsters at Underley Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale.

Cooper went on trial earlier this year having denied six actual bodily harm assault charges and two additional allegations of cruelty towards separate pupils at the school he opened for boys with troubled backgrounds. All charges dated back to the 1970s and 1980s.

A jury convicted Cooper of assaulting one boy, Henry Gow, from Scunthorpe; and cruelty to another, Sean Hann, from Heysham. Cooper was acquitted of six other charges.

Mr Gow had told jurors how the six foot-plus owner – a former England volleyball player – head-butted him and “gave me a few kicks”. Cooper, he said, also tried to gouge him, saying: “I’ll take your eyes out.”

Mr Hann told the jury how Cooper turned violent in a dining hall, “slamming” his head against a table and “smashing” it with a dinner tray. Mr Hann said his blood “got into the meal and all over my face”; and told how on other occasions he was forced to wear only a towel to sleep in sub-zero temperatures.

In a victim impact statement read to today’s hearing, Mr Hann described Underley Hall as an “evil, twisted place”.

Cooper, a man of previous good character of Hillberry Green, Douglas, Isle of Man, spoke of being “devastated” by the jury’s guilty verdicts. His barrister, Peter Wright QC, asked for Cooper, a man in “poor health”, to be sentenced “on the basis of isolated falls from grace”.

Sentence was passed by Judge James Adkin, who told Cooper: “Using violence towards these children was a “significant breach of trust”.

*Jurors were unable to reach verdicts in respect of two other assault allegations faced by Cooper. As a result, they were discharged by Judge Adkin, who recorded two not guilty verdicts.




Predatory paedophile told 12-year-old schoolgirl: ‘We will make love soon’

Kaylem Lewis has been jailed after grooming his victim

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Predatory paedophile Kaylem Lewis has been jailed after he groomed a 12-year-old girl while sending her ‘constant’ messages.

The 21-year-old had exchanged numbers with the girl – whose age he knew – and started sending her ‘innocuous’ texts.

But Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the content soon became sexual, and Lewis told the victim he loved her and they would ‘make love soon’.

The defendant, of Bellingham Grove, Hanley, was found out after the girl told a friend, who reported it at school.

Prosecutor Sati Ruck said: “The exchange of numbers led to them contacting each other by text message. The defendant purchased £10 credit for her phone and he was constantly texting her.

“On one occasion he saw he and tried to touch her bottom. On another occasion they went for a walk and he told her he wanted to be with her when she was older, that she was beautiful and he loved her.

“He told her not to say anything to anyone because he would get into trouble because of her age. He also invited her to his house on one occasion, but she said no.”

The court heard the messages were sent during a two-week period in January and February. The victim confided in her friend, who told a school welfare officer. The police were then called in and Lewis was arrested.

His mobile phone and the victim’s were examined and revealed the text messages between them.

Miss Ruck said: “References were made to him splitting up with his girlfriend to be with her.

“He said she was too young to be doing anything but he would not stop her if she wanted to. He also said they would make love soon.

“He then asked her to delete the text messages to avoid being detected.”

Lewis went on to plead guilty to causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

The court heard he had one previous conviction, for assault.

Stuart Muldoon, mitigating, said Lewis had struggled to explain his actions. Mr Muldoon said: “He has failed to adequately explain his behaviour to himself. His relationship was going through a sour patch at the time.

“He is ashamed, he is disgusted and he is remorseful for his offending behaviour.”

Judge David Fletcher sentenced Lewis to 27 months in prison. He said: “There is no doubt you knew what her age was, and from almost the outset you knew what you were doing was wrong. This was clear grooming behaviour.”

A 10-year sexual harm prevention order, which restricts Lewis’s future contact with children, was also imposed.