Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Paedophile’s sentence increased for abuse of two young sisters

A paedophile who once featured in the Guinness Book of Records has had his sentence increased after being convicted of abusing two young sisters.

Former celebrity strongman David Parkinson — who is already serving 15 years for other child abuse — was sentenced yesterday to another three-and-a-half years after being found guilty of new charges.

Last week a jury took just 15 minutes to convict Parkinson, from Main Street in Brookeborough, Co Fermanagh, on two counts of indecent assault and a further count of gross indecency.

One of his victims said she was aged just eight or nine when he began abusing her.

Passing sentence yesterday, Judge Geoffrey Miller said the 68-year-old had used his celebrity status as a cover for his vile predatory deeds which, he added, had destroyed the innocence of childhood for his victims.

The judge ruled the latest sentence should run consecutive to his previous jail term because Parkinson had fought the |case and forced his victims to give evidence.

The abuse against the two sisters took place on various dates between 1993 and 2000.

Last week’s trial had heard how the girls were taken to Parkinson’s home by his then girlfriend Kathleen Elliott.

She had initially taken the older sister, now 25, along with another young girl to visit Parkinson.

The girl told the court she remembered being left alone with Parkinson while Elliott took the other child off to the shops.

Left alone and frightened, she was sexually assaulted by Parkinson.

The court heard how the strongman performed a sex act on her while she was sitting on the sofa.

The victim’s younger sister also described how she was left fright

ened when Parkinson committed an act of gross indecency on her.

During the trial, it was stated how Parkinson would entice young girls by throwing coins on the ground for them to pick up.

Later, however, the game took a perverse turn when Parkinson sexually abused the child and tried to buy her silence with up to £50.

Parkinson strongly denied abusing the sisters, but declined to take to the witness box to give evidence in his defence during the trial.

Yesterday, during sentencing at Omagh Crown Court, Judge Miller described him as “a serial paedophile” who, until he was unmasked in 2006, had carried out assaults on numerous children.

“The fact that the offending continued through the 1990s and right up until stopped in his tracks in 2006 only serves to underline the danger this man posed to young girls whom he befriended, groomed and abused,” the judge said.

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