January 2007

Man jailed for abusing young girls

A paedophile whose “depravity knew no end” was jailed for 10 years today for sexually abusing two young girls and a babysitter more than 15 years ago.

Philip Tilston, 42, from Stretford, Greater Manchester, was convicted after trial in November of indecently assaulting two girls, now 22 and 21, regularly between 1988 and 1992.

He was also found guilty of indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl as she babysat his daughters.

Sentencing at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester, Judge Adrian Smith said: “These offences represent a series of depraved and serious sexual offences committed against three young girls.

Describing the time Tilston forced the teenage babysitter on to his sofa, kissed her and tried to touch her, Judge Smith said she was “terrified”.

“Your depravity knew no end,” he said.

Tilston was sentenced to four-and-a-half years for eight counts of indecently assaulting one girl, four-and-a-half years for seven counts of indecently assaulting the second, and 12 months for indecently assaulting the babysitter.

These sentences are to be served consecutively and Tilston has been banned from working with children for the rest of his life.

The paedophile made no reaction as he was sent down.