A pensioner who admitted a series of historic sex offences against young girls has been jailed for ten and a half years at Lincoln Crown Court.

John Baldwin was told he had caused “immense harm” to his two victims.

Judge John Pini QC, passing sentence, told him: “Your conduct was appalling and disgraceful.

“It is clear that you have done immense harm. The fact that you have to serve a prison sentence now is the inevitable consequence of the fact that you escaped justice for so long.”

John Baldwin, 78, of Money Bridge Lane, Pinchbeck, pleaded guilty at Lincoln Crown Court to eight charges of indecent assault on a young girl and a further charge of indecency with a child between December 1987 and December 1995.

He also admitted four charges of sexual assault on a girl under the age of 13 between February 2006 and February 2007.

Baldwin was placed on the sex offenders’ register for life and given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

Sarah Knight, prosecuting, told the court that the offences came to light in 2018 when the most recent victim messaged her mother telling of how she had been sexually abused when she was 10 years old.

Subsequently a second victim made a complaint that Baldwin had sexually abused her when she was aged between 8 and 15.

Miss Knight said that Baldwin sexually abused both of the girls in a brazen way.

In an impact statement the older victim told the court: “I lost my life from the day it started. I’ve had to live with it for 33 years.”

She said that as a result of the abuse she suffered as a child she had been unable to sustain a long-lasting relationship with a man.

She added that she had been unable to have children out of fear that they would suffer similar abuse and she would be unable to protect them.

The younger victim said she had wanted to die as a teenager because she felt unable to live with the memories of what she had suffered.

Tim Brown, in mitigation, said Baldwin had no previous convictions and had pleaded guilty to the offences.

He added that Baldwin had originally been due to be sentenced at the end of March but the hearing was put off because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Mr Baldwin apologises to both the complainants. He says he is sorry.”

A 34-year-old man has died after a fatal crash on the A16 at Pinchbeck.

At around 5.50pm on Sunday, police were notified about a crash involving a blue Vauxhall Corsa and a DAF lorry on the A16.

The Corsa driver, a 34-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Officers are now appealing for witnesses or anyone driving on the A16 around that time who may have dash cam footage.

You can contact police by calling 101 and quoting incident 367 of August 16, or by emailing [email protected] and using the same incident number in the subject box.

Lincolnshire Police are looking for a man in connection with two cases of theft.

Both incidents occurred in Pinchbeck on Thursday, March 26 between 4am and 4.30am.

The first incident involved three men forcing entry into Pinchbeck United football club’s building, causing considerable damage and stealing £100 worth of alcohol.

All three men were spotted wearing hoodies.

That same night, a property in Knight Street, Pinchbeck was broken into and tools worth £1,400 were stolen.

Both incidents are believed to be connected due to the addresses being in close proximity.

Lincolnshire Police said: “While we appreciate the image may not be the best quality we hope someone may be able to identify the man.”

If you can assist police with this investigation you can contact them in the following ways:

  • Call 101 and reference incidents 67 or 75 of March 26
  • Email [email protected] – reference 67 or 75 of March 26
  • Contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111