March 2022

Paedophile lorry driver gets extra eight years in jail

A paedophile lorry driver has had his time behind bars increased by eight years after a second victim came forward.

Nicholas Dalby, 50, formerly of the Selby area and more recently of Thirsk, was already serving a prison sentence for abusing one child several years ago.

He was prosecuted for the second time after a woman contacted police in 2020 and revealed what Dalby had done to her more than 15 years ago.

He had raped and indecently assaulted in different places including in his lorry.

In her victim personal statement to the court, the woman who came forward recently told Dalby: “You shaped me as a child and teenager, but you will not shape me as an adult.

“This is where my strength has come from: I will not allow you to harm another child and by me speaking up and telling the truth, this is the only way to protect other girls from harm.”

Dalby denied abusing the woman when police arrested him and denied all charges when he first appeared before York Crown Court.

But on the day he was due to stand trial at the same court, he changed his plea and admitted three charges of rape, four of indecent assault and one of indecency with a child.

He was jailed for eight years to be served consecutively to his current sentence, with an extra year’s prison licence when he is finally released.

He was also made subject to a sexual harm prevention order and will be on the sex offenders’ register for life.