Sunderland pensioner who threatened to kill victim's mother jailed over historic sex offences against girls

Colin Wasey.
Colin Wasey.
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A sex attacker is finally behind bars for offences he carried almost half a century ago.

Former soldier Colin Wasey is starting a seven year sentence for sex assaults on two girls in the late 1960s to early 1970s and the 1980s, in Sunderland.

Newcastle Crown Court.

Newcastle Crown Court.

The now 77-year-old, of Zetland Square in the city, had denied any wrongdoing but was convicted of indecent assaults after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

Judge Edward Bindloss said Wasey, who has had heart problems, a stroke, cancer and diabetes, must abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order and sign the sex offenders register for the rest of his life.

The court heard Wasey, who was in his 30s and 40s when he carried out the attacks, had groomed his victims by paying them special attention and telling one girl she looked like a "movie star".

But he also showed a sinister side by threatening to kill the mother of one of his victims and warned nobody would believe her if she reported what she had suffered at his hands.

One victim told police she initially thought what Wasey was doing to her was a "game" because she was so young and it was only when she got older she realised how wrong it was.

Another told detectives: "I thought these things were happening to me because I was a bad person.

"He said it would be our little secret, no-one will believe me, don't tell anyone."

Both victims said the ordeals they suffered as little girls has had a devastating impact on a number of aspects of their lives.

Judge Edward Bindloss told Wasey: "You acted in the way you did for your own sexual gratification."

The court heard Wasey handed in a series of references which spoke of him as a "true gentleman" with a "heart of gold" and a respected family man.

The judge said Wasey had been a hard worker during his years in the navy and army and while working at Rolls Royce in Sunderland.