Pensioner jailed for sick sex abuse

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A CLEVELEYS man who committed a string of serious sex attacks has been locked up for 13 years.

David Mapp “carried out the systematic abuse of young girls” who had all been told it was their secret.

A court heard Mapp had told his seven victims they were not to tell anyone what had happened and he had also made threats to make them comply.

Mapp, of Norfolk Avenue, Cleveleys denied 13 charges of sexual assault, all committed in the Smethwick and Telford areas in the West Midlands.

But the 67-year-old was convicted on all the charges by a jury of six men and six women after they retired to consider the evidence at the end of his two-week trial.

The offences dated back to between 1973 and 1999.

Judge Amjad Nawaz said he accepted the offences went back a “very long time” but his victims had to relive the ordeal and give evidence at a time when they felt they had buried the experiences in the “deep recesses of their lives.”

Judge Nawaz told the pensioner at Wolverhampton Crown Court: “You did not spare the anguish of your victims.

“You chose not to.

“A significant sentence of custody is the only way in which you can be dealt with for these offences.”

Simon Phillips, prosecuting, said victim impact statements described how badly their lives had been affected by the actions of Mapp.

One woman revealed she had to turn to alcohol and drugs to try and bury the nightmare while another said what Mapp did to her had been “spinning around in her head for years.”

As well as being jailed for 13 years, Mapp was told he must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

He was also barred from working with children.

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