Pensioner committed ‘reprehensible crimes’ against young girls during ten year terror

20th October, 2021 1:40 pm

A pensioner committed ‘reprehensible crimes’ against young girls say police who helped to put him behind bars.

Detectives have reacted to the jail sentence given to Phillip Wood, aged 75 of of Glenville Avenue, Wood End, near Atherstone.

Wood was jailed for a total of 20 years as ‘a person of particular concern’ and will serve at least 10 years before being considered for parole.

He was found guilty of sexually assaulting three girls on numerous occasions over a ten year period between 1990 and 2000.

The incidents took place in Wood End, Atherstone, Hurley and Birmingham when the girls were aged between five and 12 years old.

In 2018 one of the victims came forward, which led to him being arrested and a three year-long Warwickshire Police investigation began.

As a result, the pensioner was charged with 34 offences in connection with the three victims – and was found guilty of 33 of them.

‘Paying the price for his reprehensible crimes’

Investigating officer Detective Constable Kevin Usher paid tribute to the bravery of the victims who helped to put Wood behind bars.

“No sentence will ever be able to take away the pain and suffering Wood has caused, but I hope this will provide some sense of comfort and bring closure to his victims,” DC Usher said.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this case, which has been a particularly lengthy and complex one, for their hard work and commitment, but above all, I would like to pay tribute to the victims for coming forward.

“They have demonstrated immense bravery in disclosing what happened to them and thankfully Wood is now behind bars paying the price for his reprehensible crimes committed against young girls.”

‘Don’t suffer in silence’

DC Usher appealed to any victims of sexual abuse to come forward and stressed they do not have to suffer in silence.

“I hope this case reassures anyone who may have been a victim of sexual abuse, either non-recent or current, that Warwickshire Police is committed to providing help and support to victims and bringing offenders to justice,” he said.

“We will always thoroughly investigate no matter when the abuse took place – there is help and support out there so please don’t suffer in silence.”

Anyone who has been the victim of a sexual offence can report the incident to police by calling 101, where specially trained officers will help the victim.

Source: Coventry Telegraph

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