Man jailed for sexually abusing two young girls - Kempston

27/01/2017

A Kempston man has today, Friday, 27 January 2017, been jailed for sexually assaulting two young girls in the 1970s.

Before Eugene Mitcham, aged 66, was sentenced, one of his victims confronted him by reading out her victim impact statement from the witness box at Luton Crown Court.

She was only aged between 8 and 11 when she was touched indecently by Mitcham, who was a regular visitor to her home in the mid 1970s. Now a married career woman, she spoke directly to Mitcham, who was sitting in the dock. She said: "What you took from me can never be recovered, but I refuse to be a victim. You may have taken my childhood years, but you will never have my adult years." She said his behaviour had been "systematic and devious," but his arrogance stopped him from feeling guilt or shame.

Mitcham, of Eaton Road, Kempston, was said to be maintaining his denials to all the allegations made against him. He was convicted by a jury of three charges of indecent assault; two against the girl, who was under 13, and one against a different girl aged over 13, but under 16. The jury found him not guilty of six other charges at his trial earlier in January.

Judge Lynn Tayton QC jailed him for two and a half years. He will be on the Sex Offenders' Register indefinitely, is barred from working with children, and must have no contact with his victims or girls under 16 who are not related to him. She said: "You abused trust that was placed in you. The victim personal statement makes clear the profound affect the abuse had on her. It affects her on a daily basis. You maintain your denials and have a number of medical problems, but the offences are so serious that only an immediate custodial sentence can mark that."

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