Washington man jailed on motive for “sexual power” over children

Trevor Cairns has been classified as an offender of “particular concern” and is considered a danger to children. He must serve at least two-thirds of that sentence, almost 19 years, behind bars before parole boards can consider his release.

But Newcastle Crown Court has heard he may have to serve longer and, now aged 66, may never enjoy his freedom again due to his infirmity.

Cairns has been convicted of a litany of “horrific” sex offenses against three children, two girls and a boy, spanning several decades beginning when he himself was a teenager.

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The court heard his offenses dated from the late 1960s, but it wasn’t until 2018, when one of his victims came forward after finding out in 1987 that Cairns had been cautioned over another allegation of sexual abuse, that the full picture became his Crimes began to come to light.

Realizing he had not been Cairns’ only target, the victim decided to come forward to report the actions of the man who exploited him as a young boy, sexually abusing and raping him in the 1980s.

Cairns, of Barmston, Washington, was brought in for police questioning and issued a statement denying the offenses before being charged with multiple sex offenses.

Investigators then located two other victims who lived outside the Northeast.

Both recounted the abuse they suffered at the hands of Cairns in their younger lives and supported the police in putting him behind bars.

After denying all allegations outright, he changed his plea to admitting 13 charges only days after his February trial began when he was supposed to attempt to testify in his defense.

These included five for rape, four for indecent assault on a child, three for indecent assault and one for assault.

Several of the charges related to multiple offenses against each of the victims.

At today’s sentencing hearing (Thursday, May 18), the two female victims tearfully read the consequences statements to the court.

They alternately described Cairns as “a monster” and “an inhuman creature” and spoke about the impact his abuse had on their lives.

The court was told that despite his late admissions of guilt, he referred to those admissions mid-trial when he was questioned by the probation service and preparing a report for the judge before sentencing.

But Jamie Adams, the Cairns attorney, said he now accepts the commission of these offences.

“This shows that it is almost impossible for someone who commits such serious crimes to cope.

“Often we see someone denying their guilt and not being able to admit or admit it.

“We hear from the victims that he’s some kind of monster.

“One of the reasons for the admissions of guilt was that Mr Cairns didn’t say how sorry he was until late in the day.

“The whole matter can now finally be closed.

“He knows he has alienated everyone in this world from him completely.

“He accepts that he will probably spend the rest of his life in care.

“There might be something there that isn’t necessarily evil.

“And any future risk he poses is mitigated by his frailty.”

Judge Robert Spragg told Cairns that the parole reporter believed: “You are motivated by sexual power and control and a sexual attraction to children.”

“You are now 66, have health problems and are in a wheelchair.

“You should never again be able to harm children.”

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Judge Spragg handed down a sentence of 28 years, with at least two-thirds behind bars, and said after his release Cairns would extend its license terms by a year.

The judge also sentenced him to the terms of a sexual violence prevention order, mandatory reporting as a sex offender and restraining orders on each of his three victims for life.

Following Cairns’ belated admissions of guilt, Detective Constable Colin Ramshaw said: “The courage shown by all the victims is nothing short of astounding.”

“They have waited for justice for years. Some have waited for decades, but their perpetrator is now in custody awaiting sentencing.

“This was one of the worst prolific sex crime cases I have ever seen.

“I really can’t praise the survivors enough.

“I think they have given hope to others who have also suffered abuse and have yet to come forward.

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“This case shows that it is never too late to speak up, that one is listened to and supported, and that justice is possible no matter how much time has passed.

“If you’ve suffered in silence, now is the time to speak up.”

Anyone wishing to disclose a report of sexual abuse of any kind can do so by calling officers on 101 or through the Northumbria Force website.

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