Paedophile jailed for 26 years after sex attack

JAILED: John MacPherson ANL-160413-121303001

JAILED: John MacPherson ANL-160413-121303001

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A paedophile who carried out an horrific sex attack on a young girl has been jailed for 26 years.

John MacPherson, of Long Road, Tydd Gote, was sentenced under the rarely usedsection of the 2003 Criminal Justice Act which means he will not be freed, as is normal, when he has served half of his sentence. Instead, the parole board will decide when he is safe to be released.

Sentencing MacPherson at Lincoln Crown Crown on Wednesday, Judge John Pini QC said: “In 34 years working in the criminal justice system this is about the worst case I have seen. It really is shocking.”

He told the 61-year-old: “You corrupted her. I have no doubt you are a determined paedophile. You are in complete denial. I shudder to think what damage you have done. She will bear emotional scarring for the rest of her life.

“When you have served half of your sentence you will not be automatically released. You will be referred to the parole board. It may be they will decide it is never safe for you to be released and you will serve the entire custodial term.”

MacPherson denied three charges of assault by penetration of a child under the age of 13 and seven charges of sexual assault between July and October 2015, together with further offences of taking an indecent photograph of a child, causing a child to watch a sexual act and causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

The jury took less than two hours to convict him of all charges. The court was told he had a previous conviction in 1986 for having unlawful sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Mary Loram, prosecuting, said the offences came to light in October last year when the girl’s mother took her to hospital. Doctors discovered she had an object lodged inside her. She subsequently underwent a two-and-a-half hour operation to remove it.

The girl revealed she had been subjected to horrific abuse. Police inquiries revealed that MacPherson had indecent photographs of children on his computer and had searched the internet looking for child porn.

She said: “He is entrenched with a certain mentality. He associates with those who are also interested in children in such a way.”

Stuart Lody, defending, said: “In terms of personal mitigation there is really none apart from the fact that he has lost everything.”