A COUPLE have been jailed for sickening child abuse charges dating back over 40 years.
Linda Jeffrey knew her husband Andrew was responsible for a series of sex attacks on children in the 1970s and 80s but did nothing to stop him and made no attempt to report what she knew.
Newcastle Crown Court heard she was even present when her husband carried out one of the offences on a young girl.
The married pair, both now 62, of Cuillin Close, Lambton, Washington, had denied any wrongdoing but were found guilty of a series of charges by a jury after a trial.
Judge David Wood yesterday jailed Andrew Jeffrey, who was convicted of 11 indecent assaults and two of cruelty, for a total of eight years.
The charges related to three victims.
Linda Jeffrey was jailed for six years after being found guilty of aiding and abetting an indecent assault and eight cruelty charges.
These related to six victims.
Judge Wood told her: “I am quite sure you knew your husband was indecently assaulting girls between 1971 and 1985 and you did nothing to stop it.
“Indeed on one occasion you were present.”
The court heard at the time of the offences, Linda Jeffrey was a user of hard drugs and she would give narcotics and alcohol to youngsters and show them pornography.
The pair were brought to justice when the victims broke their silence and reported them.
The judge said: “None of them wanted to come forward and re-live their experiences but they all felt they had to.
“None of them could tolerate the idea history would repeat itself and you would harm another child.”
The court heard both defendants are in poor health and defence barristers said they will suffer more than most in prison.