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Paedophile jailed 30 years after attacks

PUBLISHED: 21:01 09 September 2006 | UPDATED: 07:23 02 March 2010

A PAEDOPHILE who had a failed sex change taught a seven-year-old girl how to pleasure him a court heard.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that pervert David Claydon told the little girl it was “cuddle time” while he lay naked on a bed.

A PAEDOPHILE who had a failed sex change taught a seven-year-old girl how to pleasure him a court heard.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that pervert David Claydon told the little girl it was “cuddle time” while he lay naked on a bed.

The court heard that the youngster who was repeatedly abused during 1977 and 1978 had no reason to believe that Claydon's instructions were not normal behaviour until she grew up “permanently damaged” by her experience.

Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said: “At school she could not sit on a chair properly because her vagina was always sore and swollen. She never said a word to anyone”.

Claydon told the little girl he would “cut her mother up and put her in a black bag if she told anyone their “secret”.

Last year Claydon, 63 and believed to be a former Ipswich taxi driver was charged with two counts of indecent assault and two charges of gross indecency with a child. He was a serving prisoner at the time for abusing a schoolboy.

The court heard that in 1961 Claydon was dismissed from the Royal Navy for committing gross indecency on a male colleague. Then in 2005 he was convicted after a trial of committing seven sexual offences against an 11-year-old boy. He was jailed for eight years for incitement to commit buggery, indecent assault and gross indecency with the boy.

Claydon took the matter to the Court Of Appeal and had both the buggery charges overturned and his sentence was reduced to just four years. He was due to be released in October 2007.

Judge David Goodin heard that last month Claydon who is a serving prisoner at HMP Albany on the Isle of Wight pleaded guilty to the charges against the seven-year-old girl.

Claydon who represented himself in court said: “I feel very remorseful”.

However Judge Goodin said that Claydon recently spoke to a probation officer and it was reported that: “Mr Claydon does not demonstrate any victim empathy. He totally denies these offences and says someone else must have abused her. He only pleaded guilty because of his current sentence”.

Claydon told the court: “I have changed my mind since that report and I accept my guilt”.

The court heard that because the offences were so dated the maximum sentence that could be passed was one of two years minus “credit” for pleading guilty.

Judge Goodin said: “The offences to which you pleaded guilty were an abuse of the most ugly, disgraceful and indeed persistent nature. They were inevitably damaging and indeed unsurprisingly permanently damaging to this very young and vulnerable victim.

“Words cannot express the revulsion that anybody would feel on reading her account of what you did and the ordeal to which you subjected her to over the years. The age of the offences are such that unusually the maximum sentence available to me is two years in prison. I make no comment on that but it would be significantly longer now”.

Claydon was jailed for 18 months, which is due to start at the end of his current prison term.

He was banned for life from working with children.


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