June 2019

Depraved father and son jailed for sexual offences against young children

A father and son have been sent to prison for sexual offences against young children in West Sussex.

Patrick Pearless, 75, of Dymchurch Road, New Romney, Kent, and his son David Pearless, 48, of Macleod Road, Horsham, were sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Friday 31 May, having been convicted on 23 May after a two week trial.

Patrick Pearless was sentenced to a total of three years for two counts of indecent assault on a girl under the age of fourteen, whilst David Pearless was sentenced to a total of 12 years for ten counts, including multiple counts of indecent Assault on the same girl, inciting another girl under fourteen years of age to commit an act of gross indecency, and indecent assault on a boy under the age of fourteen.

Both men will also be registered sex offenders for life.

All the offences took place at an address in Thakeham, West Sussex, where the pair then lived, during the early 1990’s.