Seven years in jail for child sex abuser

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - ERYL CRUMP

AMAN who be­friended fam­i­lies hol­i­day­ing at a car­a­van park in or­der to sex­u­ally abuse young girls has been locked up for seven years.

Barry John Hop­cutt, of Beech­wood Mews, Tyther­ing­ton, had de­nied four charges of en­gag­ing chil­dren un­der 13 in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity but a jury found him guilty of three of­fences af­ter a trial.

Hop­cutt owned a car­a­van at the site near Holy­head, An­gle­sey, and would offer fam­i­lies trips in a boat he kept nearby.

Two of the of­fences took place on the boat, while an­other oc­curred in the awning of his car­a­van.

Sen­tenc­ing the 59-yearold at Caernar­fon Crown Court, Judge Geraint Wal­ters said: “You be­friended par­ents with young fam­i­lies at the car­a­van park and were known as some­thing of a char­ac­ter.

“You were liked by the par­ents, you were trusted. You are there­fore a preda­tory in­di­vid­ual who be­friended fam­i­lies and when you gained their trust you abused it.”

Dur­ing the trial Hop­cutt, who was ac­quit­ted of one charge, claimed the al­le­ga­tions made against him by three young girls were false.

Vic­tim im­pact state­ments by the vic­tims’ par­ents read in court told of the long-last­ing ef­fects Hop­cutt’s be­hav­iour had had on their chil­dren.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Si­mon Rogers said that Hop­cutt re­alised a jail term was in­evitable.

“He is of pre­vi­ous good char­ac­ter and has a good work ethic. A cus­to­dial sen­tence, of any length, will be very dif­fi­cult for him,” he said.

Hop­cutt, who also worked as an air­craft en­gi­neer for Monarch air­lines at Manch­ester Air­port, was jailed for four years for the of­fences in his boat and three years for the in­ci­dent in the awning – both sen­tences to run con­sec­u­tively.

In ad­di­tion Hop­cutt’s de­tail will re­main on the sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter for life and he must ob­serve a Sex­ual Harm Pre­ven­tion Or­der which pre­vents un­su­per­vised ac­cess with chil­dren un­der 16. Hop­cutt must also not work with chil­dren un­der 16.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer DC Shona Camp­bell from Caernar­fon CID said: “Hop­cutt is a sex­ual preda­tor who ex­ploited fam­i­lies who be­friended him while hol­i­day­ing in North Wales so he could tar­get and abuse their chil­dren.

“The young vic­tims and their fam­i­lies have been par­tic­u­larly brave and showed sig­nif­i­cant strength of char­ac­ter in com­ing forward to re­port what hap­pened.

“The sen­tence rightly re­flects the sever­ity of Hop­cutt’s crimes.”

Ar­wyn Roberts

●» Barry Hop­cutt was found guilty of three of­fences

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