Jail for ‘depraved and wicked’ ex-cop
88-year old had committed ‘vile’ offences against young girls
AFRAIL former police officer has been told he is likely to die behind bars after he was handed a 23-year jail sentence for a string of vile sex crimes against young girls in the 1970s.
James Glendenning, 88, from Reddish, committed some of the sickening offences while he was still a Pc elsewhere in the country.
A judge slammed him for the ‘utterly depraved and utterly wicked’ abuse.
A court heard horrific details of the crimes he committed against two girls.
One of his victims wept when Glendenning, who needs a frame to walk, was jailed by a Crown Court judge sitting at Manchester and Salford magistrates court.
Glendenning, who served with the Royal Artillery, left West Midlands Police in the 1970s following a 17-year career.
He denied one charge of rape, 10 counts of indecent assault, and four counts of indecency with a child.
Glendenning was convicted of all counts following a trial.
The court earlier heard he threatened one of his victims with the cane if they told anyone about the abuse.
During one attack, one of the girls screamed in pain and begged Glendenning to stop, the court heard.
Judge David Stockdale QC, the Recorder of Manchester, told the defendant he didn’t have to stand in the dock because of his physical condition as he passed sentence.
“You committed grave offences of sexual assault... at a time when they were young girls. Your offences were utterly depraved and utterly wicked,” he told the defendant.
The judge said Glendenning ‘betrayed’ the girls’ trust, describing his crimes as ‘utterly degrading’.
“The girls submitted to you because they had no choice,” he added. “You now bring disgrace to your former profession as a serving police officer. It’s difficult to imagine a more gross betrayal of trust placed in you by innocent young girls.”
Glendenning’s two victims were forced to live with the memory of the abuse for 40 years, although one of them went to police in the 1980s.
“She went to the police but her account was not believed. That was devastating for her,” said the judge.
An investigation was ‘relaunched’ after another complaint in 2015, the court heard. Speaking directly to the defendant, The Recorder continued: “You meanwhile have lied and lied again. Your lies have now been exposed.”
Judge Stockdale said Glendenning’s two victims had suffered ‘appalling trauma’, describing their feelings of fear, isolation as well as psychological problems, illhealth, self-harm and difficulty in forming relationships and feelings of guilt, described by the judge as ‘entirely unfounded and unjustified, but a reality nonetheless’.
He acknowledged that the 23-year sentence would mean the defendant would spend the rest of his life behind bars.
‘It’s difficult to imagine a more gross betrayal of trust’
●●James Glendenning pictured outside the court