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Carmen King, 75, is jailed over offences against children
A 75-YEAR-OLD woman from North Yorkshire has been jailed for 15 months for historic offences against children.
A judge at York Crown Court told Carmen King it was rare for a court to even contemplate jailing a woman of her age, who was also suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure.
However, Judge Stephen Ashurst said he would be seriously underplaying the gravity of her offences if he did not take such a course.
“If you were a younger woman, I would have been considering a sentence of between two and a half and three years in prison,” he said.
He said he was satisfied King no longer presented a risk to others but was troubled that she had shown a “complete lack of remorse” for the harm caused by her actions.
King, of First Avenue, Pickering, who was convicted at a trial earlier this year of two offences against children between 1970 and 1978, was given two 15 month sentences, to run concurrently.
Her barrister, Andrew Semple, spoke of the impact of a custodial sentence on her, as she entered her twilight years and suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure.
He suggested she should instead be given a suspended sentence, community service and supervision.
He said that “through the prism of hindsight,” she felt sadness and remorse that the children had suffered in the way they had and added that such conduct would never be repeated.