17 years’ jail for sex­u­ally abus­ing girl

Burton Mail - - Front Page - By MARTIN NAYLOR

A PAEDOPHILE from Swadlin­cote attempted to take his own life after the fam­ily of a young girl he had abused tried to get him to take a lie de­tec­tor test, which he re­fused.

He later pleaded guilty to a num­ber of child abuse crimes and was jailed at Derby Crown Court.

A PAEDOPHILE tried to take his own life after the fam­ily of the young girl he abused tried to get him to take a lie de­tec­tor test.

Derby Crown Court heard how Gra­ham Hack­ett re­fused the test when he was con­fronted by the fam­ily of the vic­tim and then took an over­dose of tablets.

The 63-year-old, of Lin­ton, sur­vived the at­tempts but the po­lice were made aware of the al­le­ga­tions he sex­u­ally abused a young girl by medics who treated him.

Hack­ett then had his lap­top and tablet de­vice seized and anal­y­sis showed how he had Googled terms such as “how to cheat a lie de­tec­tor test,” “can lie de­tec­tors be used in court?” and “can you have personal pos­ses­sions in prison?”

Now he has been jailed for 17 years after ad­mit­ting a cat­a­logue of sex­ual of­fences against the girl, who was un­der the age 13 at the time he abused her.

Send­ing him to prison, Judge Shaun Smith QC said: “You have ru­ined her young life. She has night­mares think­ing you are in the room, she looks un­der her bed, she said it feels like the night­mares will never end.

“It is im­pos­si­ble for any­one in this court to be­gin to un­der­stand how she must feel.”

Si­ward James-Moore, pros­e­cut­ing, said the girl Hack­ett sex­u­ally abused came for­ward to tell her fam­ily what hap­pened to her in June of last year.

He said they went to Hack­ett’s home in Lin­ton, Swadlin­cote, and con­fronted him about the al­le­ga­tion, which he de­nied.

They then told him they wanted him to take the lie test to prove it but he re­fused.

Mr James-Moore said: “Mr Hack­ett took an over­dose and ended up in hospi­tal.

“It was the hospi­tal’s med­i­cal staff that re­ported the al­le­ga­tions to the po­lice and the defendant was ar­rested.

“His electronic items were seized and it was dis­cov­ered he had Googled terms such as “how to cheat a lie de­tec­tor test,’ ‘can lie de­tec­tors be used in court?’ and ‘can you have personal pos­ses­sions in prison?.’”

The girl Hack­ett abused was in court, sup­ported by her fam­ily, to see him jailed and Mr James-Moore read out her vic­tim personal state­ment.

In it she said: “I feel like I have missed my past, present and fu­ture.

“I don’t imag­ine ever to be able to trust a man.

“Thoughts of the abuse just pop into my head and it feels like the night­mares will never truly be over for me.”

Hack­ett pleaded guilty to child abuse charges in­clud­ing sex­ual as­sault, en­tic­ing a child to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity and pos­sess­ing in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren.

Barry Gren­nan, for Hack­ett, said his client “has looked into his back­ground for ex­cuses” for what he did to the vic­tim.

He said he suf­fered a fall in 2006 which stopped him from work­ing and has also suf­fered three heart at­tacks and three strokes which have “af­fected his abil­ity to cope with life”.

Mr Gren­nan said: “There is some in­di­ca­tion that he ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­ity be­cause he attempted to kill him­self when the al­le­ga­tions broke be­cause he could not face up to what he did.

“He does not blame her in any way, he ac­cepts full re­spon­si­bil­ity for what hap­pened, he can­not think of any ap­pro­pri­ate ex­cuses.”

As well as the 17-year jail term, Judge Smith placed Hack­ett on the sex of­fender’s reg­is­ter for life.

Speak­ing after sen­tenc­ing, a spokesman for the NSPCC said: “Vic­tims of child sex­ual abuse can be deeply af­fected by the hor­rors they have been sub­jected to in the past.

“It was in­cred­i­bly brave of the young girl to re­port the abuse she suf­fered at the hands of Hack­ett and help bring him to jus­tice.

“Hack­ett’s case shows that sur­vivors of such abuse will be lis­tened to and it is vi­tal she now gets all of the sup­port she needs to try and move on with her life.”

Any­one con­cerned about a child can con­tact the NSPCC’s free and con­fi­den­tial helpline on 0808 800 5000, while chil­dren and young peo­ple can con­tact Child­line on 0800 1111 or www.child­line.org.uk

DER­BYSHIRE CON­STAB­U­LARY

Gra­ham Hack­ett, 63, of Lin­ton, Swadlin­cote

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