March 2007

OAP pervert admits sex charges

A PAEDOPHILE pensioner from Chipping Sodbury has admitted 14 counts of indecent assault on young girls spanning almost 30 years.

Gordon Woodman, 74, who lived in Gorlands Road, was sentenced to five and a half years in prison at Bristol Crown Court on Monday, for a catalogue of offences on three girls aged between 13 and 14.

The former firefighter is thought to have groomed his victims with the first admitted offence taking place between 1973-1974 and the last one in 1999-2000.

Det Con Ziggi Bennett and Julie Barnes, from the Child Assault Investigation Team, who were instrumental in bringing about Woodman’s arrest and conviction, said in a joint statement: “There were several victims and we hope that for some of those affected this will provide closure.”

One local resident, who went to court to see Woodman punished for his actions, said: “He is dreadful. The sentence is not long enough.”

Woodman was arrested in July and was on remand at Horfield prison until Monday.

Mayor of Chipping Sodbury Paul Robins, said: “I am glad our children are now safe with this man behind bars.”

Shaun Kelly, safeguarding manager for children’s charity NCH, said: “It is not easy for people to come forward and the abuse affects the rest of the victim’s life so they need help and support. It is important to ensure offending is reduced with intervention and then treatment so that when people are introduced back into the community they do not re-offend.