January 2012

Northwich paedophile fails in appeal to overturn conviction

A NORTHWICH paedophile who preyed on two children has failed in an Appeal Court bid to have his convictions overturned.

Andrew Rigby was jailed for five-and-a-half years after being found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child and one of grooming at Chester Crown Court, last February.

The 28-year-old, of Niddries Lane, Moulton, also admitted having and attempting to make indecent images of children.

Rigby challenged his convictions on Friday at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, arguing they were ‘unsafe’ because of ‘inconsistencies’ in the evidence given by a witness at his trial.

But his complaints were thrown out by top judges, who said his argument was not logical and his convictions were ‘safe’.

The court heard Rigby texted a 12-year-old girl to arrange a meeting, but asked her to keep it a secret.

However, the youngster reported it and an investigation was launched – during the course of which police discovered he had simulated sex with a boy in his mid-teens.

Rigby had also searched the internet for child pornography and had some indecent images stored on his computer.

In a written bid to have his convictions overturned, Rigby argued that one of the witnesses at his trial gave evidence that was inconsistent with their previous account.

He said this undermined the witness’ credibility and resulted in him being wrongly convicted of the crimes he did not admit.

But, rejecting his appeal bid, Mr Justice Underhill, sitting with Mrs Justice Dobbs and Sir John Thomas, said the jury’s verdicts were ‘not unsafe’ and there was a ‘logical fallacy’ in Rigby’s argument.