74-year-old jailed for child sexual offences from the 1980s

John Hewitt

74-year-old jailed for child sexual offences from the 1980s

A 74-year-old man has today been sentenced to 24 years in prison after being found guilty of 19 historic sexual offences against three children.

John Hewitt from Preston, Hull, was found guilty at Grimsby Crown Court of eight counts of rape, nine counts of indecent assault and two counts of indecency with a child.

The charges were introduced as part of an investigation into offences which occurred in the 1980s in the Hull and Hessle area against three children, who were aged between 13 and 16 years old at the time of the offences.

Judge Bury commented that Mr Hewitt has shown no sympathy throughout the trial, and if he were to die in prison then ‘so be it’.

Detective Superintendent Phil Gadd, investigating, said: “Hewitt’s actions against three vulnerable children were sickening and incomprehensible.  Actions which have had a lasting impact on the victims throughout their lives.

“I want to thank the victims and witnesses and commend them for their bravery and perseverance throughout the investigative process. They have displayed dignity and courage throughout this incredibly difficult time as their patience and understanding has been invaluable whilst we built a strong case against Hewitt.

“They have had had to carry the trauma of his criminal actions since their childhood and I sincerely hope that they are now able to feel some sense of justice has been achieved and they can look to hopefully move forward knowing he is in prison where he belongs.

“I also wish to thank the dedicated investigation team, not least Detective Sergeant Samantha Allen and Detective Constable Stephen Jewell who have shown persistence and commitment throughout the lengthy and difficult investigation.”

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