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Father and son jailed for rapes
From: BBC          Published On: December 10, 2012, 15:35 GMT
 
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A father and son have been jailed for 18 and 10 years respectively for a series of rapes on children and women.

Former charity shop workers Barry Ford, 64, and Craig McKellar, 31, inflicted untold misery on their victims, the judge said at Mold Crown Court.

Ford - who had the longer sentence - and McKellar, both of Colwyn Bay, used their victims as "sexual objects".

Sex attacks committed by Ford, who corrupted his son from a young age, dated back to the 1980s.

Ford was jailed for six counts of rape and 10 of sexual assault. McKellar was jailed for three counts of rape and four of sexual assault.

The prosecutions were brought last year after victims, many of them children and young people, complained to North Wales Police. Judge Rhys Rowlands praised their courage.

The court heard that Ford, originally from Wolverhampton, had previously worked as a representative for the cosmetic company Avon. He made his young victims wear make-up and perfume.

The judge said the offences were born out of Ford's depravity.

"Fortunately, it is rare in the extreme for a court to have to deal with two men, a father and son, who between them have inflicted untold misery and anguish on others," he said.

"Had your son had a normal upbringing, with a decent individual for a father who knew how to behave, then it may be that he would not be standing alongside you today," he told Ford.

McKellar had "a truly dreadful start in life and was shown no sort of example by his father," the judge said.

The court heard McKellar committed sex attacks as a child for which he could not be prosecuted. But he was prosecuted for rapes he went on to commit in his 20s.


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