February 2020

Paedophile who believes children are ‘little adults capable of enjoying sex’ jailed for 22 years

A vile paedophile who believes children are “little adults capable of enjoying sex” has been jailed for 22 years for a campaign of rape on a child he left with a “broken soul”.

Philip Youngman, a 58-year-old farmer, believed he would get away with repeatedly abusing the girl but was convicted of a series of rapes and sexual assaults.

The brave victim, who has since been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, had to relive her ordeal by giving evidence in front of the jury.

In an impact statement read to Newcastle Crown Court, she said: “He has taken away my childhood innocence and left me a broken soul.

“No words can express what he has done to me.

“Coming forward was one of the hardest things I have done in my life.

“Without support I wouldn’t have done it.

“At no point has he acknowledged what he did to me was wrong. He made me relive the abuse during the court case.

“No sentence can turn back the clock on my childhood and return me to normal. I cannot get those years back.

“I will have to live with this for the rest of my life, with damaged mental health and twisted memories.”

After the guilty verdicts, the pervert said he may kill himself, depending on the length of sentence he received.

Jailing Youngman, Judge Robert Adams said he poses a high risk of serious harm to children.

The judge told him: “You continue to deny the offending behaviour. You say you plan to appeal against the convictions.

“You have demonstrated distorted thinking and harmful beliefs.

“You consider children as little adults capable of enjoying sex.

“You have views of sexual entitlement. You believed you would get away with it.

“You have said you will kill yourself, depending on the length of sentence.”

The judge ordered Youngman to sign the sex offenders register and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for life.

Youngman was convicted by the jury of five offences of rape and seven of serious sexual assault, which happened on Tyneside, after a five day trial.

Tom Mitchell, defending, said Youngman’s crimes are “never likely to be repeated again” as he will be a much older man when he is released from jail.

Mr Mitchell said Youngman Chapel Garth, Broomsfield Brough, East Yorkshire, will be closely supervised when he is released due to the nature of the offences.