January 2022

Man jailed for 1980s abuse as survivors praised

Vile paedophile Derek Robinson raped and sexually assaulted children as young as eight.

The 63-year-old targeted four children and committed the sick offences in Chelmsley Wood when he was in his 20s.

Two women and two men, aged between eight and 17 at the time, were abused in the mid-1980s into the 90s.

A mother of one of the victims confronted Robinson in 1993 after she found a letter about the attacks from her daughter.

But offences were not raised with police until January 2019 when another woman revealed to a manager she had been abused and witnessed others being attacked by Robinson.

He was convicted of five counts of rape, seven indecent assaults, two counts of indecency with a child and two other sexual offences.

A jury failed to reach a decision on four charges of indecent assault. Robinson was jailed for 23 years on January 7.

He was also told to sign the sex offender’s register for life.

Most of the offences took place at an address in Chelmsley Wood where Robinson lived at the time, but one woman – now aged 41 – told how he raped her multiple times a day during a weekend trip 

She also witnessed Robinson – who was in his 20s at the time – committing sexual acts against the boys over a period spanning many years.

The 63-year-old, from Chelmsley Wood, was convicted on 23 November of multiple sex offences against the four victims who were all known to him.