Man, 63, found guilty of raping schoolgirls

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A 63-year-old man has been found guilty of raping two schoolgirls in Sudbury more than a decade ago.

Paul Davey denied the six offences but was convicted by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday.

Davey was also found guilty of four offences of indecent assault and one of attempting to procure a miscarriage.

After the jury returned the guilty verdicts, Mr Recorder Richard Atchley told Davey that he would be remanded in custody until he is sentenced later this month.

During the trial, the jury heard that the two girls Davey targeted had been “vulnerable”. He had groomed and manipulated both to allow him to engage in sexual activity with them in Sudbury.

Prosecutor Riel Karmy-Jones said Davey had raped the girls and taken pictures of one in a wedding dress and her underwear.

Miss Karmy-Jones said that after one girl became pregnant, Davey tried to abort the baby.

He told the girl to drink a bottle of gin and gave her instructions on how to induce a miscarriage but the attempt failed.

Later, Davey used an instrument on the girl himself but again without success, claimed Miss Karmy-Jones.

The girl subsequently had an abortion and tests confirmed that Davey had been the father.

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

Davey, from Lower Road in Hundon, had denied all the offences and, when interviewed, told police that he had no knowledge of them.

He claimed that the girls had fabricated the allegations against him. Davey will be sentenced on July 16.