A Kenilworth pensioner who sexually abused two young children in the 1970s has been jailed for 18 years. He was found guilty of raping a girl, 11, and indecently assaulting a boy, aged eight or nine.

Malcolm Blood’s victims only decided to speak out after one of them heard a police talk on child abuse in Stratford. Blood, 69, was arrested and charged with 20 separate offences, which he denied.

But after a trial at the crown court in Leamington he was found guilty of six charges of raping a girl, who was just 11 at the time of the first offence, in the 1970s. The former museum worker was also convicted of six charges of indecently assaulting the girl and five charges of indecently assaulting an eight or nine-year-old boy.

Jailing Blood, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano said: “You inflicted appalling acts of abuse for your own sexual gratification. I am sure you don’t need me to tell you the appalling effects of such offending on people who have suffered this type of abuse.

“The fact it took over 30 years for these different children to come forward and tell their stories, and the effect it has had on their lives, shows how the offences you committed against them have been a constant presence in their lives.

“You could have pleaded guilty to these matters but chose not to, therefore putting them through the further ordeal of giving evidence during this trial. If you had accepted responsibility you could have prevented that.”

“I very much hope your conviction and the sentence I’m going to pass will help bring them to a stage where their lives are no longer dominated by the abuse you subjected them to.”

The incidents took place in Warwick, where Blood lived at the time. He now lives in Willow Meer, Kenilworth.

Blood will have to serve a minimum of 12 years because the law at the time demands that he serves at least two-thirds of his sentence.

Insp Peter Herring, from Warwickshire Police, said: “I hope this will encourage other victims to speak out in order to gain the justice they deserve and ensure that dangerous sex offenders are prevented from offending again. We want victims to know that they can contact police in complete confidence and we will treat their reports seriously.”


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