July 2019

Man who abused two young girls jailed for more than 12 years

One of Michael Lovesey’s victims said there was ‘no recovery’

Two young girls suffered “untold damage” and would never fully recover after they were targeted for “extremely grave” sexual abuse.

Both had their childhood stolen and the effects on them were “profound and long-lasting”, a court heard.

The sex offender who abused them has been jailed for 12 years and nine months.

Michael Lovesey, 60, of Catherine Street, Grimsby, admitted 12 offences, including seven of indecent assault and five of indecency with a child.

Simon Reevell, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Lovesey targeted the girls in sexual abuse incidents, either touching them intimately or causing them to commit acts on him.

Both girls had been left emotionally upset and one of them said: “There is no recovery.”

She could only imagine how different her life would have been if she had not been abused as a child.

The incidents had a “corrosive” impact on the other girl.

Lovesey had a previous conviction for gross indecency with a child in 1993 and had been given a two-year probation order by Grimsby magistrates.

Judge John Thackray QC told Lovesey: “These are extremely grave offences.

“You have caused untold damage on your victims, who will never fully recover.

“You have stolen the childhood of both these women.

“While I can’t give them their childhood back, a severe sentence is called for.

“The effect on both your victims is profound and long-lasting. They will never fully recover.”

Andrew Bailey, mitigating, told the court that Lovesey pleaded guilty on the day of a scheduled trial and there was a “confession to this activity” at a late stage.

“He has demonstrated remorse,” said Mr Bailey.

“These were vulnerable and very young victims. The offending fell short of the most serious of its type.”

Lovesey had previously worked delivering medicines to hospitals and had a heart condition, including having a pacemaker fitted in 2011.

“He lost his job as a result of these matters coming to light,” said Mr Bailey.

Lovesey will be on extended licence of three years after his release from prison.

He was given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and will have to register as a sex offender for life.