A man convicted of raping and sexually abusing two girls was today jailed for 24 years at Lincoln Crown Court.
Stephen Boyd, 52, had denied the offences but after a trial was found guilty by a jury of a total of 16 charges including rape, attempted rape, indecent assault, indecency with a child and sexual activity with a child.
Boyd, of Rivehall Avenue, Welton, near Lincoln, was placed on the sex offenders register for life and given a lifetime sexual harm prevention order.
Recorder Peter Cooke, passing sentence, said there was a “horrific nature” to the offences committed by Boyd and described his behaviour as grotesque and manipulative.
He told Boyd: “You did not have the courage to go into the witness box to face cross-examination.
“You have no insight and no remorse for the damage you have done to your victims. This is a case where there is no mitigation.
“Inevitably the sentence here must be very long indeed.”
Tony Stanford, prosecuting, said the attacks took place between 2000 and 2005. One of the girls was aged 12 when she was first assaulted and the other was 13.
He said both victims had been deeply affected psychologically by what happened.
Boyd did not give evidence during his trial.
Alison Summers, in mitigation, said that Boyd had no previous convictions for sexual offences.