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Barry Gibbens, from New Romney, jailed for child rape

By Paul Hooper

A vile sex predator who filmed himself raping a child has been jailed for life.

Cleaner turned care worker Barry Gibbens, from New Romney, then uploaded the sick images onto his computer.

But despite the damning evidence – shown to the jury – the 52 year old denied carrying out the attacks and tried to blame someone else.

Barry Gibbens. Picture Kent Police.

Barry Gibbens. Picture: Kent Police.

Now Gibbens, who has since moved to Eastbourne, has been given a life sentence and told he cannot apply for parole until he is 67 years old.

Even then, the sex fiend will be kept behind bars until the Home Secretary rules he is safe for release into the community.

There was an audible gasp in the public gallery at Canterbury Crown Court as Judge Simon James passed sentence on the man convicted of 12 separate sex offences.

Defence barrister Paul Hogben said that despite the jury’s verdict, Gibbens was still in denial.

The case was heard at Canterbury Crown Court

The case was heard at Canterbury Crown Court

But the judge told the abuser: “Your abuse involved you raping the child and subjecting her to a host of indignities.

“Your abuse of her was filmed and images showing her violation were then uploaded onto your computer, which had also been used to access images of other children being sexually abused.”

The judge added that the abuse had been “chilling and calculated” and Gibbens had shown a lack of remorse, demonstrated by his attempt to blame the attacks on someone else “who was entirely innocent”.

He sat with his head bowed as the judge told him: “Because of the age of your victim, it is impossible to gauge with accuracy what the full effects upon her will be.

“Experience shows that memories of trauma of this magnitude stay with people permanently, with intrusive memories re-emerging without warning.”

The judge ruled Gibbens posed a significant risk of committing further offences in the future.

Judge Simon James

Judge Simon James

“In my judgement, it is impossible for any right-minded person who has heard about - let alone watched, as I have done - what you did to this child, to come to any conclusion other than you pose a significant risk," he added.

Gibbens was told sentencing guidelines would have meant he could have faced minimum jail terms totalling 70 years.

Speaking after sentencing, an NSPCC spokesman said: “This is a deeply distressing case in which a defenceless toddler was subjected to unimaginable abuse.

“Gibbens' continued lack of remorse and his failed efforts to lay the blame elsewhere only add to the chilling nature of these crimes.

"He is a very dangerous paedophile whose sentence reflects the severity of his offences.

“As the judge in this case has highlighted, the effects of child sexual abuse can last a lifetime.

"But with the right support victims can move forward with their lives and it’s important this child receives all available help.”

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