July 2019

Kettering man, 74, jailed for abusing girl four decades ago

A 74-year-old Kettering man has been jailed for sexually abusing a girl more than 40 years ago.

David Bellamy, of Brambleside, was convicted by a jury at Leicester Crown Court of indecently assaulting his victim, who was 14 at the time of the abuse in the late 1970s.

Bellamy, who had denied the offences throughout his trial, was said to have abused his victims on a number of occasions between 1977 and 1979.

The court heard the victim was regularly abused while asleep and staying at an address in Kettering of one of his relatives. The jury was told Bellamy had also groomed the teenager by allowing her to smoke and drink alcohol and take her for drives in his sports car.

He was jailed for a total of five years and three months, of which he will serve half his sentence. He was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for Life