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82-year-old jailed for historic sex offences with young children Judge says his victims were subject to ‘foul sexual abuse’ and that he had ‘stolen their childhoods’ Report by Lynda Roughley

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AN 82-year-old man who used to live in Litherland was jailed for 11 years three months after he admitted a string of historic sex offences involving three youngsters. John Joseph Joughin, who now lives in Warrington, pleaded guilty to 16 charges of serious sexual offences against children on Merseyside. A judge told him “The damage you have done is immense. You effectively stole their childhood.” Joughin groomed and molested three different children, of both sexes, including one aged as young as four years of age, between 1966 and 1990. Judge Robert Warnock told him that the victims, who were aged just five when he began abusing them decades ago, were “brave, courageous and they are a clear exposition of the damage you have done to them and the affect it has had upon them both through their childhood and of course through their adult life. He told former lorry driver Joughin, who showed no emotion, that was “in marked contrast to what you have done for your own selfish gratification.” He described the offences, which spanned 30 years, as “foul sexual abuse.” Liverpool Crown Court heard on Friday, September 1 how the three victims, two girls and a boy, had been left feeling guilty and worthless and had

trust issues in forming relationships. One of the female victims told how he would make her watch pornographic videos and she had taken play dough with her to distract herself but he just took it and used it to make models of intimate body parts, said Philip Clemo, prosecuting. He had told his victims it was their secret and had given the youngsters a £1 for engaging in sexual activity, which sometimes involved two of them. Joughin, who was jailed for 18 months in 1994 for indecently assaulting another boy, had pleaded guilty to 16 offences involving indecent assault and indecency. He was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order was also imposed. Speaking after the case, Detective Constable Julia Jennings said: “Joughin’s victims have shown immense strength and resilience throughout the prosecution process. “I hope that the sentencing has released a huge weight from their shoulders and they can now put 100% into their recovery. “Specially trained officers and lawyers from Merseyside Police’s Unity Team have been by their side throughout the investigation and prosecution to provide support, to ensure their evidence was presented to the court and to see justice served. “I would like to remind people that time should never be a barrier to obtaining justice and I hope today ’s sentence give’s Joughin’s victims some sense of closure and vindicates their decision to come forward and formally report these horrific offences.” The judge ruled that Joughin is an offender of particular concern and imposed an extra year’s licence on him. His barrister Joanna Rodikis said that he suffers from ill health and pointed out his age.

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