Bideford 2022-02-21

Gerald Ludlam 64

Sexual predator who abused two children.

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Offender ID: O-0945


Market Place, Bideford, Devon, EX39


A sexual predator who abused two children has been jailed for 24 years.

Gerald Ludlam, also known as Toby Ludlam, was convicted of 14 serious sexual offences at a trial at Exeter Crown Court in December.

Ludlam, who committed the offences in the 1990s and early 2000s, described himself as a 'hard-drinking and hard-working biker' who had been wrongly accused.

But a judge labelled him dangerous paedophile when he was sentenced on Monday [February 21].

The 62-year-old, of Market Place, was given an extended three years on licence meaning he will be almost 90 when the full sentence ends.

His victims, one aged as young as four when she was first assaulted, provided moving statements about the damage his crimes had caused to their lives.

One said: "The abuse I suffered at his hands affected all aspects of my life."

As an adult she struggled to maintain relationships. Her mental health had also suffered.

The other victim said Ludlam had 'taken away my childhood' and left her feeling 'broken'.

Mr Richard Crabb, defending, said the defendant had no previous convictions for anything similar.

"He continues to deny the offences and always will."

He said Ludlam saw himself as part of a hard-drinking, drug-taking, bikers culture. Most of his jobs had been in driving or vehicle recovery. He also dabbled in antiques.

He had more recently been living on his own in a flat and no longer drank alcohol.

Ludlam was found guilty of charges including indecent assault, indecency with a child and rape.

Judge Peter Johnson said: "In December last year you were convicted of 14 out of 15 counts that represented a campaign of sexual abuse against children."

He said the defendant had caused serious psychological and emotional harm to his victims. He had made them feel like liars for speaking out when it was clear he was the liar.

"You have shown no remorse whatsoever and you perhaps never will admit your actions. You continue to deny anything happened and your nods and shaking of the head in the dock confirm that view."

He added: "I find you are dangerous and impose an extended sentence."

Ludlam will serve two thirds of the 24 years in jail. He will remain on licence for a total of 27 years.

"You will be almost 90 when the sentence comes to an end," said Judge Johnson.

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