A HELSTON pensioner, who subjected a young girl to “sustained and degrading” sexual abuse, has been jailed for 16 years.
At Truro Crown Court on Thursday, a jury convicted 68-year-old Terrence Williams, of Trengrouse Way, of a series of indecent assaults and rapes between 1988 and 1996.
The victim, who is now in her 30s and cannot be named for legal reasons, contacted police in May 2012 and told them the abuse started when she was aged under-10 and continued for a number of years.
Jason Beal, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the girl had told people about what was happening to her and that she was video interviewed by police in April 1996.
Police began an investigation at the time and arrested Williams but a decision was made in 1996 not to charge him with any offences.
Sentencing Williams, Recorder SA Parish, said he had subjected the girl to “sustained and degrading sexual abuse”.
He said: “It started, as it frequently does in these cases, with playing … it then progressed to your touching her breasts and her private parts … it is quite clear that [the girl] has been damaged by what happened to her.”
Recorder Parish added that by continuing to deny the allegations Williams had subjected her to a trial and being cross-examined.
Giving evidence by video interview, which was recorded in 2012, the woman described how the years of abuse had left her angry because people “let it happen”.
She said: “I look back on my childhood and all I can recall is stuff like that.
“I am consumed by this and everyone just let it happen; everyone was completely blind.”
Williams, a former electrical fitter’s mate at RNAS Culdrose, denied eight counts of indecent assault on a girl aged under-14, who cannot be named for legal reasons, when he went on trial on Monday.
He also faced four charges of raping the same girl.
After a short deliberation, the jury of three women and nine men returned unanimous verdicts of guilty on all counts.
After the hearing, officer in the case DC Jill Anderson, said: “I think that this victim has suffered for a very, very long time and the verdicts today and the sentence reflect the severity of the offences committed against her.”