A paedophile has been jailed after he systematically abused two young girls over a seven year period.
William John Harvey, 73 of Bates green, Norwich appeared at Stafford Crown Court where he faced six counts of indecent assault against two young girls
The court was told that Harvey had repeatedly sexually abused and raped one of the girls and abused the other, but the charge of rape was not pursued as the prosecution could not guarantee a conviction, and the victims felt that what he had pleaded guilty to would bring closure for them.
The abuse took place over a seven year period during the years 1977-1984 when the girls were aged between seven and 15 years old
In a bid to silence one of the girls, Harvey told her if she spoke out he would hurt them and that no one would believe them anyway
A third victim did not give evidence against him, due to personal reasons.
Harvey was sentenced to a total of 10 years imprisonment of which seven years are to be served in prison and the remaining three years on extended licence
He was also told that he must register as a sex offender for life