September 2022

Paedophile pub owner would pay young girls 50p after abusing them

A former pub owner has been jailed for grooming two young girls whom he would pay 50p each time he abused them.

Malcolm Shipman, who ran the Snooty Fox pub in Wakefield and later the city-centre nightclub Black Mass, was handed six years and five months’ jail today.

The 64-year-old denied the charges but stood trial during the summer and was found guilty of four counts of abuse.

The court was told that sick Shipman had groomed the girls and made them perform sex acts on him

He warned them to keep quiet or there would be consequences, and even gave them the small amount of cash each time to buy their silence.

Judge Chris Smith jailed Shipman at Teesside Crown Court this afternoon and told him: “You secured their compliance with offers of money.

“You secured their silence with threats.

“You put your perverted needs above others.

“The impact has been lasting, permanent in all likelihood.”

Heartfelt impact statements were read out on behalf of the two females, who are now adults.

Reading the first statement, Prosecutor David Hall said: “I was abused but did not know it at the time.

“I was manipulated into thinking it was normal.

“For years on end I questioned what was right or wrong.

“I’m angry I never stood up for myself. As a result there’s a lot of pain and suffering, a lot that just got buried.

“I do not think I would ever get over this abuse and trauma.”

The second victim said she had pushed the horrific experiences to the back of her mind.

Shipman, of Queensway, Wakefield, was the former landlord of the Snooty Fox on Brunswick Street, a rock and metal music venue.

After it closed, he opened Black Mass on King Street but which shut four years ago.

The court was told he was also first arrested for the abuse offences four years ago.

He has been held on remand in HMP Durham since he was convicted in July.

He must sign the sex offenders register for life, and given a life-long sexual harm prevention order.