July 2022

Predatory paedophile ‘robbed’ Abingdon victim of her childhood

A paedophile brought to justice four decades after his sick abuse was accused of robbing his victim of her childhood.

Jeffrey Phillips was given five-and-a-half years’ imprisonment at Oxford Crown Court on Friday

Sending him down, Judge Nigel Daly told the now 71-year-old: “You indecently assaulted this child, you did it repeatedly.”

Now living in Greater Manchester, the assaults took place when Phillips lived in Abingdon in the 1970s.

The assaults began when the child was still in primary school, stopped for a number of years, then resumed briefly when she was in her early teens.

Phillips began preying on the child when he read bedtime stories to her, the court heard. It culminated several years later with him getting the girl to perform a sex act on him.

Phillips will be on the sex offender register for the rest of his life.