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Matthew Beevor, from Hersden, jailed for sexually assaulting boy in Folkestone

The terrified victim of a sex pervert hid in a cupboard in a derelict school in Folkestone fearing he would die.

The young teenager had gone to Westbrook House in Shorncliffe Road to recover a jacket and a hammer.

But he came across vile Matthew Beevor who then subjected the petrified youngster to an hour-long sex ordeal.

Matthew Beevor has been jailed
Matthew Beevor has been jailed

Now the 40-year-old has been given a 15-year sentence after admitting sex assaults, assaults and an affray.

The incident led to a 10-hour stand-off between police and the sick pervert who climbed onto a roof to avoid being arrested.

Judge Heather Norton jailed him for 12 years and ordered he serve an extra three years on licence when he is eventually released.

Matthew Beevor climbed on the roof to escape police. Picture: @Kent_999s
Matthew Beevor climbed on the roof to escape police. Picture: @Kent_999s

She told him: “I can only imagine what this child must have felt locking himself in a cupboard in an abandoned school believing you were going to kill him.”

Prosecutor Christopher May told Canterbury Crown Court how Beevor, of South View, Hersden, had carried out attacks on two victims.

He said that a teenager was on a bus travelling between Hythe and Folkestone in May last year.

Beevor pictured on the roof. Picture: @Kent_999s
Beevor pictured on the roof. Picture: @Kent_999s

Beevor got on the same bus and started changing seats to be closer to the concerned youngster.

“Beevor was acting strangely, leaning over towards him. When the bus approached Brimstone Avenue, both went to get off.

“It was then that Beevor grabbed hold of the victim’s collar and the youngster tried to push him off. The driver then told Beevor to get off and the youngster went home and reported the incident to his mother," he added.

Emergency services on standby during the stand-off in Shorncliffe Road, Folkestone
Emergency services on standby during the stand-off in Shorncliffe Road, Folkestone

Two weeks later the pervert carried out his attack at Westbrook House when he spotted the youngster and prevented him leaving.

“Beevor took hold of him and pushed him to the floor. He took the hammer from the child and put it next to his head. He told him to shut up or he would cave his skull in. The victim was very scared," added the prosecutor.

After the sex attack, the youngster ran away and reported the incident and when police arrived, Beevor climbed on to the roof.

"He is a very dangerous man..." - Det Con Andrew West

“As police were trying to reach him, Beevor was swearing at them. He pulled off a chimney top and threw it at one of the officers, who had climbed onto a neighbouring roof," said Mr May.

Officers then tried to talk Beevor down who responded by screaming obscenities and throwing a lump of concrete at them.

The court heard how the stand-off ended when the pervert stopped making threats to kill officers and came down.

After the hearing, Detective Constable Andrew West said: "A serious sexual predator, who pursued children, is now behind bars for a very long time.

"When he is eventually released from jail he will be subject to many restrictions that will greatly impact on his quality of life so I am very satisfied with the outcome.

Beevor on the roof. Picture: @Kent_999s
Beevor on the roof. Picture: @Kent_999s

"Beevor's criminal history began when he was 15 years of age with burglary and theft. He subsequently graduated to sexual offending against young teenage boys.

"He has never had any regard for his victims, their age and therefore vulnerability, and has never given any thought as to the devastating lifetime consequences of his crimes. He is a very dangerous man.'

"The court has also recognised that Beevor poses a serious risk of harm in the future by implementing an extended licence on his release from prison and a lifetime Sexual Offences Prevention Order."

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