Man jailed for life for multiple sexual offences - Abingdon

15/11/2016

A man appeared at Oxford Crown Court today, Tuesday, 15 November 2016, and was jailed for life, and is to serve a minimum of 10 years, for numerous sexual offences, including rape, dating back to 1997.

Daniel Kilbee, aged 35, of Bradstocks Way, Sutton Courtenay, was sentenced today after pleading guilty or being found guilty of a total of 30 sexual offences against six female victims, aged between 2 and 22, which occurred between 1997 and 2013.

In addition to the custodial sentence, Kilbee is required to sign the sex offenders' register for life.

Helena Burman, Senior Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved sexual activity, including rape, between a man, now aged 35, and six victims, between 1997 and 2013, in Abingdon.  The victims were aged between 2 and 22.

"Daniel Kilbee preyed on the young girls (aged 12, 13, 14 and 17), befriended them and sexually abused them for his own sexual gratification. Despite some of the sexual activity being consensual, three of the young girls were under the legal age of consent and he was fully aware of that. Due to their age, they were in absolutely no position to give true and free consent to the sexual acts.  The sexual offences carried out on the woman in her twenties occurred, without her consent, when she was either unconscious or incapacitated by reason of a medical episode, and the offences committed against the helpless 2-year-old girl were truly horrific.  Also, the offences committed against these two victims were filmed/photographed by Kilbee for additional and continued sexual gratification.  It is only due to the great courage of the victims that the disgraceful behaviour of this man has been exposed. I would like to pay tribute to them all for their strength and tenacity in coming forward and providing evidence for the prosecution.

"Kilbee pleaded guilty to some offences and was found guilty of others following two trials, which took place at Oxford Crown Court in July and August of this year.  In total, he was convicted of 30 sexual offences, including rape and making indecent images of children.

"We worked closely with Thames Valley Police from early in the investigation to help build the strongest possible prosecution case. Their investigators, and Crown Prosecution Service lawyers and caseworkers have worked tirelessly to bring this difficult prosecution to court.

"The convictions and today's sentence serve as an important message to people who have been the victim of crimes such as these, or those that know such crimes are being committed, that they should come forward and time is no barrier to justice. The CPS will work closely with partners, as we did with Thames Valley Police in this case, to ensure that robust criminal cases are put before the courts.

"Time has not diminished the effect the incidents have had on the life of the victim's.  The emotional impact, on the victims and their families, of the actions of this man is impossible to quantify. I hope that the convictions and sentence give some small comfort to them. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Investigating Officer, Detective Constable Tania Wasilewski-Norman of the Child Investigation Unit, based at Cowley, said: "I am extremely pleased that Kilbee has been given this substantial sentence and will not be able to put anyone though the horrific ordeal he put the victims in this case through.

"Kilbee is a prolific predatory paedophile who is ready to blame everyone for his actions apart from himself. He has shown no remorse for his victims and has been aggressive towards police throughout. He is manipulative and has shown this throughout the trial, by stating he is going to plead to charges, but only on his terms, and by the fact that he has targeted the most vulnerable in society and made them think that he was doing nothing wrong.

"The biggest relief for me was that certain victims did not have to give evidence in the trial, which would have been immensely difficult for them, but also that a jury would not have to watch the videos of the 2-year-old victim being raped by Kilbee, which would have had a very traumatic effect on them. It is also a relief to know that a dangerous and prolific offender is now off the streets.

"This has been a difficult case in which some victims were not even aware that they were a victim until we contacted them. This has been very distressing for them, but they have been willing to face Kilbee and make him answer for his crimes. They are all very inspirational and have shown immense strength and courage.

"The investigation in this case was extremely complex with multiple victims spanning 18-years. It involved identifying victims, and examining over 100 exhibits. Throughout the investigation we have offered support to the victims.

"This has been a complex case which has needed close working relationships with social services and CPS. Oxfordshire County Council Social Services assisted police with supporting the families, and the CPS and I had several case conferences in which we decided on how best to deal with this case, and they worked extremely hard to make sure that Kilbee was made accountable for his horrific crimes. This is a perfect example of where working closely with other agencies can get great results for the victims.

"I would say that if you believe you have been a victim of a sexual offence we would ask you to come forward. We will treat you with sensitivity and we will always seek justice for victims."