‘Dan­ger­ous sex preda­tor’ jailed for eight years

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By KATIE CAM­PLING news@pe­ter­bor­oughto­

VIC­TIMS of a pae­dophile rapist have been praised by po­lice for help­ing to bring him to jus­tice.

David Barsby (72) was jailed for eight years on Tues­day at Cam­bridge Crown Court, for rap­ing two girls in Peter­bor­ough in the 1970s.

Barsby, of Pin­stock Lane, Ged­ney, near Spald­ing, was due to stand trial but pleaded guilty to five counts of rape on two girls and one count of in­de­cency.

The of­fences took place in Peter­bor­ough, start­ing when the girls were aged just six and 10.

Speak­ing af­ter the sen­tenc­ing, in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Natalie Bot­tom said the vic­tims had been ex­tremely brave in com­ing for­ward and giv­ing ev­i­dence, re­sult­ing in Barsby be­ing put be­hind bars.

She said: “Barsby is a dan­ger­ous sex­ual preda­tor who re­peat­edly sub­jected his young vic­tims to nu­mer­ous rapes. For years, he thought he had got away with this but, thanks to the brav­ery of his vic­tims, jus­tice has fi­nally been served.”

DC Bot­tom con­firmed that po­lice are not fol­low­ing any leads re­lat­ing to other po­ten­tial vic­tims.

How­ever, she said if any other vic­tims are out there, she hoped they would come for­ward. She said: “We never ex­pected to find the sec­ond vic­tim and we did.

“As his pic­ture is go­ing in the Evening Tele­graph, if there was ever to be more, hope­fully they would re­port it.”

Barsby’s of­fences only came to light when one of his vic­tims, now aged 36, de­cided to tell po­lice in May last year what Barsby had done to her dur­ing her child­hood.

DC Bot­tom said: “I think the vic­tim had car­ried it for the whole of her life and she felt it was the right time for her to come to the po­lice and tell them what had been go­ing on.”

The 36-year-old woman told po­lice that Barsby started abus­ing her in Peter­bor­ough when she was aged just six. The abuse con­tin­ued for 10 years, un­til she was aged 16.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched af­ter her com­plaint and it was due to this that the sec­ond vic­tim was dis­cov­ered. DC Bot­tom said: “I spoke to the first vic­tim and con­ducted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and took nu­mer­ous state­ments off dif­fer­ent peo­ple. I was made aware that, a long time ago, there was the poten- tial that this other vic­tim knew of him at a young age.

“We lo­cated her. Her in­for­ma­tion was ex­actly the same as the other case that took place.”

The sec­ond vic­tim, now aged 47, told DC Bot­tom that Barsby had sex­u­ally abused her from the age of 10. The abuse ended when she was aged 14.

Barsby had moved to the city when he was a young child and, ac­cord­ing to DC Bot­tom, had lived here for around 40 years be­fore mov­ing to his cur­rent ad­dress in Spald­ing.

She said the sen­tenc­ing was a good re­sult af­ter a lengthy in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which lasted just over a year.

She said it had been dif­fi­cult process for of­fi­cers and for the vic­tims. How­ever, she praised the two women for their strength and de­ter­mi­na­tion to see jus­tice done.

She said: “The in­ves­ti­ga­tion started in May 2009 and, even up to Tues­day when the trial was sup­posed to start, it was still go­ing on.

“It was a dif­fi­cult thing to work on, but the most im­por­tant thing was that both vic­tims through­out the in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­mained strong. If they hadn’t come for­ward, this man would have still been walk­ing the streets. It’s thanks to them for com­ing for­ward.”

SEX AT­TACKER: David Barsby, who has been jailed for eight years.

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