Child sex abuser Elliott Appleyard jailed for 20 years

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Elliott Appleyard (71) has been sentenced at Leeds Crown Court today (25 January) to 20 years in prison for a string of child sex offences.

Elliott AppleyardOn 24 January a jury found him guilty of five counts of rape and ten counts of indecent assault  after an eight day trial.

Appleyard manipulated, groomed and controlled his young victim and subjected her to a campaign of serious sexual abuse, as well as other forms of violent and abusive behaviour over many years.

Claire Walsh, from the CPS said: "We welcome the sentences delivered today. The victim was subjected to a catalogue of sexual and physical abuse which blighted her childhood and has overshadowed her life ever since.

"Her strength, courage and tenacity have been fundamental in achieving this successful prosecution.

"Appleyard committed appalling crimes and the lengthy sentence imposed today reflects the gravity of his offending.

"We hope that the sentence can now begin to  bring the victim some comfort."

Notes to editors

  • Claire Walsh is Head of the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit at CPS Yorkshire and Humberside.
  • Counts and sentences:
    • 5 x Rape: 20 years for each count, to be served concurrently.
    • 10 x Indecent Assault:  First count: 12 months to be served concurrently. Further nine counts: two years  for each count, to be served concurrently.

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