May 2022

Paedophile pensioner sentenced to 29 years

A paedophile pensioner was told ‘you thoroughly deserve it’ by the judge who sentenced him to 29 years.

Sex predator Rick Passway was finally made to pay for a catalogue of abuse against six women and girls in the 1970s and 1980s.

They included the rape of one woman in Faringdon in the mid-80s just days after she had a hysterectomy operation in Swindon to remove part of her womb.

Passway, then a taxi driver, had driven her home from the hospital before raping her on the floor of her living room.

Another victim was a child and teenager when she was repeatedly sexually abused by the man over the course of several years.

He also pawed four other victims, who were aged eight to 14 when they were touched by him.

Sentencing the 77-year-old at Oxford Crown Court on Friday, Judge Nigel Daly blasted: “Your treatment of your [first victim, who was repeatedly raped as a child] was despicable.

“You’ve heard what she has to say about that. You’ve taken away her childhood. You have ruined her adult life.

“The rape of your [second victim, who was sexually assaulted in the mid-80s] was shocking in the extreme.

“In respect of the other offences, it is quite clear you were unable to keep your hands off young women and would sexually assault them at any opportunity, repeating it again and again and again because you never got caught and you were never punished.

“You showed your victims no mercy. You showed them no compassion and you have displayed no remorse or contrition since – either at trial or since.”

Sending him down for 29 years, the judge added: “That is the sentence upon you. You thoroughly deserve it.”

The defence said: “Mr Passway knows he is going to die in prison.”

Passway, of Bunce Road, Swindon, was found guilty over two trials of rape, indecent assault and indecency with a child. He was sentenced for 22 counts in total, including six counts of rape.

The offences were committed in Wantage, Faringdon and Fairford.

Judge Daly imposed an extended year on licence, but noted that the defendant would be well into his 90s before he was eligible for release on parole.