June 2022

‘Popular’ Morpeth pensioner and former musician unmasked as child abuser and jailed

A “popular” former musician has been exposed as a paedophile who lived a lie after sexually abusing a child more than three decades ago.

Barrie Sewell, who played in a band, left his victim with a lifetime of feeling “disgusted” and suffering the dreadful affects of what happened to him as a young boy.

Meanwhile Sewell, well-liked in his local community, acted as if nothing had happened and continued with his life.

The 75-year-old had denied two charges of indecent assault but was found guilty by a jury after a trial. Sewell, of Stobhill Villas, Morpeth, Northumberland, has now been jailed for five-and-a-half years at Newcastle Crown Court and told he must sign the sex offenders register for life.

Prosecutor Paul Cleasby read an impact statement made by the victim to the court, which said: “I will never be able to fully explain the detrimental effect Barrie Sewell has had on my life. I have never been able to move on with my life, since being a young boy.

“I have had that hanging over me for 30 years and he has been able to get on with his life for all that time, to carry on as if nothing had happened.” The victim said his ordeal “affected every bit of my life” and left him “disgusted”. He added: “It eats you up from the inside.”

Recorder Andrew Smith said Sewell has lived the life of a “popular man, a man who has had success throughout his life”, who was in a band and has never been in trouble before. But the judge added: “Since these offences took place you have lived a lie, appearing as a man of good character and you are not

“Now, aged 75, you come to face the consequences with regards to what you did.” The judge said the victim has lived with the affects of what happened for many years and added: “He feels now as though he can hand over the burden of shame and anxiety he has had for 30 years to where it should be, to the person who deserves it, the person who did these things to him.”