Tuesday 27 June 2017

101-year-old paedophile jailed for 13 years for sex offences

File photo of retired lorry driver Ralph Clarke, aged 101, arriving at Court. Photo Joe Giddens/PA Wire
File photo of retired lorry driver Ralph Clarke, aged 101, arriving at Court. Photo Joe Giddens/PA Wire
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Matthew Cooper

A 101-year-old paedophile has been jailed for 13 years for committing a string of sex offences against young children in the 1970s and 1980s.

Retired haulier Ralph Clarke had already been warned to expect a significant custodial sentence for 17 offences of indecent assault, 11 of indecency with a child and two attempted serious sexual assaults.

Clarke, believed to be the oldest person ever convicted by a jury in Britain, pleaded guilty to nine offences relating to a male victim part-way through a two-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Judge Richard Bond QC told him: "You present as a fragile old man; however, what was plain to see was that, despite your guilty pleas, you have no remorse whatsoever."

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