A man who carried out a series of serious sexual assaults on a young boy and a young girl more than 40 years ago has been jailed.
Gary Lyndon Rees, of Ellesmere Port, was only 15 years old when he committed the offences of rape and indecency in 1972.
The 59-year-old had denied the offences but was found guilty by a jury at Mold Crown Court last month and appeared for sentence after reports had been prepared.
Jailing him for a total of six years Judge Rhys Rowlands said “It is plain from the evidence heard at the trial you don’t have an ounce of remorse about what you did all those years ago.
“It was deviant behaviour of the most serious kind.
“Your victims have had to live with what you did to them as children."
And the judge added: “In view of the aggravating features it has to be an immediate custodial sentence of some length to reflect what you did.”
The court heard complaints had been made about Reeves to police in 1994 but a decision had been taken not to prosecute.
“You got away with it then but I’m afraid you have to account now for what you did in the 1970s,” the judge remarked.
Reeves must register as a sex offender with police for life.
Prosecutor Myles Wilson said the victims were aged about 10 when Reeves began abusing them and the offences were committed over a period of about 10 months when Reeves lived in the Buckley area.
Simon Mills, defending, accepted there was no alternative to custody but urged the court to take into account the offences had happened in the early 1970s and there had been no repetition.
“This case has come as a huge shock to the defendant and his family in particular.
“He was looking to retirement. Aged 59 he has always been in work but is now facing up to what will be a long period of imprisonment.
“He has since led a blameless life and prison will be a real hardship to him and those around him,” the barrister said.