'They enjoyed and wanted it': Pedophile who sexually abused girls as young as eight jailed for 13 years

82-year-old Peter Brian Ashford was sentenced to 12 years and eight months behind bars and was ordered to pay $100,000 in way of reparation to the victims


                            'They enjoyed and wanted it': Pedophile who sexually abused girls as young as eight jailed for 13 years

An octagenarian pedophile who previously pleaded guilty to 27 charges relating to rape, attempted rape, sexual violations and indecent assaults of girls aged between eight and 13 was sentenced to 12 years and eight months in jail by a New Zealand court on Friday. 

According to the New Zealand Herald, 82-year-old south Auckland man Peter Brian Ashford began the abuse when he was in his 30s and would continue to do so for the next 50 years before he was finally reported to the authorities and charged for the crimes.

Ashford sexually abused young girls over the course of 50 years (Source: YouTube)
Ashford sexually abused young girls over the course of 50 years (Source: YouTube)

His claimed his first victim in the 1960s when she was supposedly just eight-years-old. The court heard that he went to her bedroom on multiple occasions and tried to rape her. She apparently tried to tell her mother about the incident but was not believed. 

Ashford would abuse his second victim for three years in the 1980s, starting from when she was 13 years old. Then between 2006 and 2016, when he turned 80, he repeatedly sexually abused a group of girls aged between eight and 11. Some of his victims were present in court, listening, as Judge John Bergseng addressed the gruesome nature of his crimes.

The court heard that he would often make the other children watch as he abused his victim as well. He allegedly would "reward" the girls for submitting to the abuse by giving them food or money, threatening them with violence if they dared inform anyone about the repeated sexual assaults.

While the names of the victims were not made available, they were all said to be known to Ashford, with the 82-year-old going so far as to claim the girls "enjoyed and wanted it" and that he did "what they asked for." He tried to shift the blame on to his first victim, stating that if she had reported him then the police would have stopped him long ago.

Ashford has been sentenced to 12 years and eight months in prison (Source: YouTube)
Ashford has been sentenced to 12 years and eight months in prison (Source: YouTube)

The Judge did not take too kindly to Ashford's point of view, berating him and saying, "No victim empathy was present, nor regret or remorse for your actions; you denied causing harm to your victims." He continued, "You attributed blame to [the first victim] for not reporting you to the police...because if you had been caught and prosecuted you may not have gone on to offend against other victims."

When the sentencing began, Judge Bergseng reprimanded Ashford and asked him to stop staring at his victims, later describing his offenses as "disturbing" and promising to read out each of the victims' "harrowing" impact statements. "The effect that your offending has had on all your victims is immense and it will be ongoing," he said.

While Ashford apparently admitted his remorse to his lawyer saying, "I ruined it all, I'm so sorry, I'm sick'," he was given little leniency in his sentencing. Besides the prison sentence, the 82-year-old was ordered to pay $100,000 in way of reparation to the victims. He will only be eligible for parole after serving half of his sentence.