90-year-old man jailed for historic child sex offences in 1960s Halifax

A former Halifax man, who is now aged 90, has been given an 11-year prison sentence after he admitted a catalogue of child abuse offences dating back to the late 1960s.

George Hunt, who now lives in Aird Road, Beauly, Inverness, had to travel to Newcastle Crown Crown yesterday (Tues) for a video link up to Bradford Crown Court where his lengthy jail sentence was passed by the Recorder of Bradford Judge Richard Mansell QC.

During the hearing Hunt pleaded guilty to 10 charges of indecent assault relating to six complainants, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.

The court heard that Hunt had abused a seventh youngster, but that offending had taken place in Scotland and was out of the court’s jurisdiction at the time.

Prosecutor Robert Stevenson outlined details of Hunt’s abuse which began in the late 60s and continued against his various victims for over 20 years

One of the complainants described Hunt as “a scary person and a bully” while another said he had ruined her teenage years and left her feeling dirty and ashamed.

Mr Stevenson said Hunt commit offences by telling some of his young victims that it was a game and gave them sweets as a reward.

A police investigation was launched in 2016 after one his victims came forward, but after being arrested and questioned Hunt claimed to be “hurt, upset and shocked” by the allegations.

He denied the offences and claimed he was being “set up”, but today/yesterday he admitted his guilt.Mr Stevenson summarised various victim impact statements in which the women described feeling worthless and being haunted by the memories of the abuse.

Hunt’s lawyer Jeff Smith said he had not offended for 27 years, was no longer a threat to any child and was now truly sorry.Judge Mansell said Hunt had left one victim “scarred emotionally for life” while another had suffered sleepless nights and flashbacks.

“The purpose of sentence in this case is clear. It is punishment,” the judge told Hunt over the video link.

“You are of an age were you no longer present a risk of reoffending.”

The judge said the prison sentence was likely to mean Hunt would serve out his days in prison, but he said it was of his own doing.

The judge said that by denying the allegations Hunt had dragged out the proceedings for three years and the victims had been branded as liars.

“At least your pleas today have put that myth to bed,” he added.

Hunt will now have to register with the police as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

YorkshireLive – Halifax