‘Depraved’ abuse of girl


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A RAPIST and pae­dophile from Uxbridge who groomed an 11-year-old girl has been sen­tenced to 23 years in jail.

Richard Walby, 48, was sen­tenced af­ter a jury found him guilty of three counts of in­de­cent as­sault, four counts of in­de­cency with a child, three counts of hav­ing sex with a child and 12 rapes.

The crimes re­lated to two vic­tims, the first tar­geted be­tween Fe­bru­ary 1993 and Fe­bru­ary 1996 af­ter Walby, of Sanderson Road, met her at dance classes in Corn­wall, re­ports Corn­wall Live .

The first as­sault hap­pened when the girl was aged 11, be­fore he had sex with her when she was 12 and he was in his mid twen­ties, the court head on Wed­nes­day March 15.

His sec­ond vic­tim, who was over 18 at the time, was raped 12 times in Corn­wall and Es­sex be­tween Jan­uary 2000 and April 2004.

Judge Si­mon Carr sen­tenc­ing at Truro Crown Court, said: “You were con­victed by a jury of var­i­ous sex­ual as­saults against two com­plainants, one of whom was only 11 when you first met her.

“She was par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble as her mother had three other, younger chil­dren and found it dif­fi­cult to give her the time and at­ten­tion she de­served.

“She loved danc­ing and found an out­let in dance. You joined the same club in your mid-twen­ties and showed her the care and at­ten­tion she was lack­ing be­fore abus­ing her in the most ap­palling way. You groomed her de­lib­er­ately.

“She was left in the ter­ri­ble po­si­tion of lov­ing danc­ing but hat­ing the abuse that came with it and not only did you groom her, you plied her with al­co­hol to make her more com­pli­ant.

“The first rape hap­pened when the vic­tim was 12 and the abuse car­ried on over a pe­riod of two years.”

Judge Carr said the ef­fect of the crimes on the girl are “dev­as­tat­ing” and she still has self­harm scars and has made sev­eral at­tempts to take her own life.

De­fend­ing Walby, Ru­pert Tay­lor, said that he was a man of pre­vi­ously ex­em­plary char­ac­ter who does not ac­cept he of­fended in the way de­scribed.

Walby was sen­tenced to 23 years in prison, with a fur­ther year to be served on li­cence, and must sign the sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter for the rest of his life.

DC Robin Riches, of Bod­min CID, said: “This was a sen­si­tive pro­tracted in­ves­ti­ga­tion over an 18 month pe­riod, where the suc­cess was pre­dom­i­nantly down to the brav­ery and courage of the two vic­tims.

“I hope this en­cour­ages and pro­vides re­as­sur­ance to any­one that has been a vic­tim of any abuse to re­port this to the po­lice, in the knowl­edge they will be fully sup­ported.”

An NSPCC spokesman for South West Eng­land said: “Depraved Walby groomed his young vic­tim with the in­ten­tion of earn­ing her trust so he could abuse her for his own sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion.

“He car­ried out these de­spi­ca­ble acts with no re­gard for the con­se­quences they would have on the girl or her fam­ily.

“It is thanks to his vic­tims’ brav­ery in speak­ing out that Walby is now right­fully be­hind bars.”

Any adult con­cerned about the wel­fare of a child or young per­son can call the NSPCC helpline for free, 24/7, on 0808 800 5000. Mean­while, chil­dren can call Child­line on 0800 1111.


Richard Walby, of Sanderson Road in Uxbridge, pic­tured out­side Truro Crown Court – Judge Si­mon Carr jailed him for 23 years for rape and child abuse of­fences

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