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Paedophile (101) receives 13-year prison sentence

By Richard Vernalls

A 101-year-old paedophile - thought to be the oldest man convicted by a British court - is beginning a 13-year prison sentence after carrying out a string of historical sex offences against children.

Retired haulier Ralph Clarke had been warned to expect a significant custodial sentence for 17 offences against three children, aged from four to 13 at the time.

Clarke pleaded guilty to nine offences relating to a male victim part-way through a two-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Sentencing yesterday, the judge 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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