Disgusting pedophile laughed in victim’s face… now he can be photographed for the first time

He was the pedophile who laughed in the face of his victims when they begged him to stop abusing them.

David Blackburn targeted two girls when they were just nine and seven – threatening them not to speak out about the abuse. He was a teenager when he started assaulting victims. But he carried on into adulthood, even after getting married and having children of his own.

One of the girls was raped by Blackburn, of Quarry Green, Northwood, Kirkby, over three decades ago. She burst into tears and clenched her fists as he was jailed for 19 years on Monday, as supporters celebrated and hugged her in the public gallery.

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Merseyside Police said they did not take a picture of Blackburn because he attended a voluntary interview, meaning the Liverpool ECHO , who reported on the case, did not have a photo of him. But the publication can now show you the face of the man who “grotesquely abused” situations to use girls as his “sex toys”.

Blackburn was found guilty after a harrowing trial at Liverpool Crown Court. He denied any wrongdoing but was found guilty of five counts of indecent assault and one count of indecency with a child in connection with his first victim, when she was aged nine to 13 .

The now-adult victim said Blackburn touched her sexually, performed a sexual act on her, exposed himself and asked her to touch him, and showed her sexual photos in a book. Prosecuting Martine Snowdon said: “She would ask him to stop when he touched her but he just laughed.”

Blackburn was found guilty of 15 counts of indecent assault, two counts of indecency with a child and one count of rape, in respect of his second victim. The prosecutor said Blackburn abused the girl from the age of seven by touching her sexually, including performing sex acts on her.



David Blackburn, 56, of Quarry Green, Northwood, Kirkby

Blackburn made her perform a sex act when she was 12 and once lay on top of her, only to be disturbed and run away, before raping her when she was 14. Ms Snowdon said the girl had reported the rape in 1990 but later withdrew her complaint when under pressure.

In a victim impact statement, the second woman said she was taking antidepressants and anxiety medication. The prosecutor said she explained how “the abuse is on her mind all the time” and led to suicidal thoughts. The woman continues to have nightmares and only now, after the end of the trial, has she been able to accept the offer of counsel.

The judge, Recorder Ian Harris, said he read a pre-sentence report provided by the probation service. He said: “It’s as one would expect given the trial’s denials. He expresses no remorse and maintains his innocence, and the author of the report assesses him as a high risk for further offences. of sexual contact.”

Lee Bonner, defending, said Blackburn suffered from depression “partly caused by his divorce”, took antidepressants and was referred to a “memory clinic”. He said his client had no previous convictions and that at his age prison could “have a much bigger impact on him than it otherwise would have”.

Mr Bonner said Blackburn had made serious attempts to kill his life before, which left him in a coma, and his memory problems were linked to cognitive impairment. He said he was “perhaps not a sophisticated man”, who had not completed his education, had difficulty reading and writing and was “unable to hold down long-term employment”.

Mr Bonner said the last offenses date back 30 years. He added: “The defendant whom the court is going to convict today is, it seems, a very different defendant from that young man of so many years ago.”



Liverpool Crown Court

Recorder Harris said Blackburn first satisfied his “predatory lust” with the first daughter and then abused the second child. The judge said: “This pedophile offense continued after you got married and had your own children.

“Both victims said you threatened them and the abuse hurt them. The second girl said she would beg you to stop what you were doing.”

Referring to the second daughter, Recorder Harris said, “She would say she doesn’t want to have any sexual activity with you, but you would tell her not to tell anyone or you would hurt her.” The judge said the girl was ‘forced’ to withdraw the complaint she filed about the rape in 1990.

Recorder Harris told Blackburn: “Your two victims suffered and continue to suffer to this day. You simply ruined the innocence of these two children.”

The judge said he was sure Blackburn knew what he was doing was “wrong”. Recorder Harris said Blackburn was a “particularly concerning offender” and jailed him for a total of 19 years, with an extended year on licence.

The effect of a combination of different types of sentences in this case means that Blackburn must serve around 11 and a half years in prison before he can apply for parole. Blackburn must also be placed on the sex offender registry for life.

Anyone with information or wishing to report a sexual offense is asked to call 101 where specially trained officers will speak to you. Or you can forward information to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Alternatively, people can refer to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Center on 0161 276 6515 whether or not you want to make a police report.St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Center in Manchester offers a comprehensive and co-ordinated forensic service, medical advice and aftercare to anyone in Greater Manchester who has been the victim of rape or sexual assault .

The services are available around the clock and people can access them through Greater Manchester Police or by self-referral.

Manchester Rape Crisis is a woman-run confidential support service for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500.

Children concerned about abuse can contact Childline 24/7 on 0800 1111. Adults concerned about child abuse can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 8005000.

Anyone concerned about their own behavior or that of a family member can contact stopitnow.org.uk and get-help.stopitnow.org.uk

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