June 2022

Dover paedophile jailed for 16 years for sexual abuse

A paedophile who subjected a child to a campaign of sexual abuse has been jailed for 16 years.

Peter Gregory, of Dover, isolated and repeatedly attacked his victim decades ago.

The 60-year-old was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court today after pleading guilty to four counts of indecent assault and attempted rape.

Gregory initially denied rape but later admitted attempted rape on the day of trial, earlier this year.

Judge Mark Weekes today praised the “brave” girl after telling Gregory he could not “break her dignity.”

The court heard Gregory, who denied all charges when he was arrested in March 2019, had written to his victim pleading for forgiveness.

But his victim told the court in a statement of her life plagued with mental health issues brought on by the trauma she suffered at Gregory’s hands.

“She describes herself as being a prisoner after what he did to her,” prosecutor Dominic Connolly said.

He added she had since suffered PTSD, depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, including a sense of “shock this is her life”.

Gregory of Clarendon Street, Dover was also handed an additional licence period of one year alongside a lifetime of notification requirements.