Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 22 November 2014

‘Wicked’ builder who abused girls given seven years

A retired builder who abused three girls for his own “foul, wicked sexual gratification” has been jailed for seven years.

A jury found John Bradley (58), from Mettigan Road in Garvagh, Co Londonderry, guilty of 22 sex offences including attempted rape, indecent assault and gross indecency against three girls.

The offences occurred from January 1, 1981 to December 31, 1994 and his victims were aged between four and seven when the abuse started.

Dressed in a jeans, striped shirt and beige cardigan, Bradley showed no emotion when he appeared at Derry Crown Court to be sentenced.

Judge Piers Grant imposed reporting restrictions around protecting the identity of the three victims, who were all in court for the hearing, as were members of Bradley's family. Before handing down the sentence, Judge Grant said that while he recognised that this was “an emotional case” he would not tolerate any outburst.

He gave details of the litany of offences against each of the girls including sexual touching, serious sexual assault and attempted rape on several occasions.

Bradley was told by Judge Grant he had to take into consideration the degree of culpability of the defendant, the harm caused to the victims and the risk to the public from reoffending. The judge said: “You had a large degree of trust placed on you but you broke that trust for your own foul, wicked sexual gratification.”

The court heard that the victims had suffered depression, anxiety, feelings of shame and nightmares.

Bradley was told that he was “highly culpable” and that there was a serious risk of reoffending as he has continued to deny the offences and has “made no attempt to show remorse”.

For the offences against one of his victims Bradley was jailed for five years, with a further two years concurrent.

Bradley was given an additional two-year term for each of the offences against the other two victims to run concurrently to each other, but consecutively to the five years.

He was also placed on probation for three years and on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

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