Depraved Ryde pensioner admits to historic sexual offences against two young girls

The IW Law Courts.
The IW Law Courts.

A RYDE pensioner has admitted serious sexual assaults on two children dating back more than 22 years.

David Gower, of Warwick Street, admitted five charges of indecent assault on children under the age of 14 years, in Ryde, between January 1, 2000, and December 30, 2001, at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court, Newport, this morning (Tuesday).

There were two child victims.

Gower also pleaded guilty to an additional charge of possessing a prohibited image of a child, also in Ryde, on November 3 last year.

The victims in the case, who made complaints to the police as adults, were aged eight and 12 at the time of the offences, said Liz Miller, prosecuting.

At the time of his offending, over a two-year period, Gower regularly visited their home and used quizzes to gain their trust.

Regarding the most recent offence, police found indecent images hidden among a pile of magazines at home, the court was told.

For Gower, Oscar Vincent said his client made full admissions when interviewed by the police, and admitted to more offending than that was complained about to officers, when booking into custody, at Newport Police Station.

Magistrates declined jurisdiction of the case, stating their sentencing powers were insufficient to deal with the 70-year-old.

A probation report on Gower was order and he was instructed to register as a sex offender at Newport Police Station within the next three days.

Gower was bailed to reappear for sentencing at the Isle of Wight Crown Court on November 1.