Dangerous sexual predator from Bourne is jailed

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.
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An IT specialist from Bourne who admitted carrying out a string of sex attacks on young girls has been jailed for 14 years.

Philip Belcher (49), of Stephenson Way, was exposed as a “dangerous” sexual predator whose first attack was on a ten-year-old girl when he was just a teenager.

Belcher was sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court on Monday when he pleaded guilty to charges, including rape, sexual assault and taking indecent photographs of children.

Grace Hale, prosecuting, said Belcher went on to attack another four young girls after his first offence before he was finally brought to justice.

Mrs Hale added that when Belcher’s crimes finally came to light, he tried to kill himself.

“He cut his wrist, then stabbed himself in the stomach before he was taken to hospital,” Mrs Hale said.

“When he was sufficiently recovered, Belcher was interviewed and admitted the offences.”

Terry Boston, mitigating, said Belcher had co-operated fully with the police.

“He has made admissions and told police about things they were not aware of,” Mr Boston added.

Recorder, Mr John Butterfield QC described Belcher as dangerous while passing a sentence of imprisonment.

Mr Butterfield also ordered Belcher to remain on licence for an additional eight years meaning that he is at risk of being sent back to prison until 2036.

There was also an order for Belcher to be placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.

“I have no hesitation in finding that you are a danger to the public and I do make a finding of dangerousness,” Mr Butterfield said.

“Your actions have left a trail of emotional, psychological and psychiatric damage.”

Belcher was not in court to hear the sentence after he broke down and became too distressed to appear in the dock.

Instead, Mr Butterfield allowed Belcher to remain in the cells while sentence was passed.