April 2022

Pervert musician gave teens drugs before sexual assault at Derbyshire festival

A pervert music teacher gave two underage girls drugs and sexually assaulted them in a tent at a Derbyshire music festival.

Richard Barlow was also found to have indecent images of children after assaulting the girls at the Rock and Blues Festival at the Coney Grey Showground in Pentrich near Belper.

One of his victims was left suicidal, depressed and anxious and another constantly relives the experience, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

Barlow, 39, ran Instru-Tech Ltd in Mansfield prior to his arrest.

Sentencing him, Recorder Michael Auty QC said: “It seems that they did not take much of the cocaine. It had an immediate impact, particularly on one girl, who was unfamiliar with the drug and how to take it.

“It certainly stupefied them for moments. You undressed them both and penetrated the vagina of each of them. I regard what you did as having elements of real wickedness to it.”

The judge added that Barlow giving the girls the drug “is indicative of a process you must have given appreciative thought”. He also said that the girls “were vulnerable by way of their age”.

Turning to the two victims, Recorder Auty said: “I hope you are able to make something of the life that lies ahead of you. You are two remarkable young women with bright futures and I wish you all the very best.”

The date of the offence was not disclosed but Barlow, formerly of Mansfield but now of no fixed abode, was sentenced to a total of 15 years behind bars for eight offences relating to sexual activity with children and possession of indecent images.