Child rapist, 63, sentenced to 16 years in prison

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A man who repeatedly raped two schoolgirls in Sudbury more than a decade ago has been jailed for 16 years.

Paul Davey, 63, had pleaded not guilty but was convicted of eight offences of raping a girl aged under 16, six of indecent assault and one of attempting to procure a miscarriage at Ipswich Crown Court last month.

In sentencing, Mr Recorder Richard Atcheley said: “Your conduct was simply barbaric.”

Davey was ordered to sign the sexual offences register indefinitely and made the subject of a court order banning him from contacting his victims again.

The jury had heard that the two girls Davey targeted had been “vulnerable”. He had groomed both and had raped the girls at an address in Sudbury.

When one of the girls became pregnant, Davey told her to drink a bottle of gin and instructed her on how to induce a miscarriage but the attempt failed, said Miss Karmy-Jones.

Davey, of Lower Road, Hundon, then used an instrument on the girl, again failing, the court was told.

Later, the same girl had an abortion and scientific tests confirmed that Davey had been the father, said Miss Karmy-Jones.

The offences came to light when one of the girls went to police in 2011 and the second came forward a year later.

Davey had claimed the girls had fabricated the allegations.

Mr Recorder Atcheley said: “You are abusive, manipulative and predatory and caused untold physical, emotional and mental damage to these two young women.”