“Dangerous” paedophile George Gibbs jailed for life after preying on young boys

CAGED: Paedophile George Gibbs

CAGED: Paedophile George Gibbs

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A PAEDOPHILE who preyed on children as he volunteered for a Dorset youth football team has been caged for life.

George Gibbs, 65, targeted young boys in search of a father figure during his time as a referee with the club.

During a five-week trial, it was heard that Gibbs raped two boys, one repeatedly, and abused others after offering them drugs and alcohol.

One youngster who refused his advances was forced to strip at gunpoint and perform a sex act on the defendant.

Gibbs, of Krelim Drive, Tuebrook in Liverpool, later moved to Thailand, where he was more easily able to access children.

He was found guilty of 26 offences, including indecent assault and buggery, forcing his victims to relive their horrific ordeals in the witness box.

However, in an interview with the probation service, he admitted he had committed virtually all of the crimes he had been accused of.

The court heard moving statements from his victims, all of whom come from the Bournemouth and Poole area where Gibbs was living at the time.

One of the men said: “You preached trust, loyalty and respect but your real interest was in sordid, selfish, self gratification.”

Many of his victims said they had not been able to bring themselves to tell even their wives or parents about what happened to them in the 1980s and 1990s.

Following the trial at Liverpool Crown Court, Judge Denis Watson QC jailed Gibbs for life, telling him he must serve eleven and a half years less time spent on remand before he could even be considered for parole.

He said: “Outwardly you could be charming, generous and sociable, yet beneath this facade there was and still is a much darker, sinister selfish and dangerous side to you.

“That is that you were and still are a manipulative, predatory paedophile. This was prolonged, repeated, predatory sexual conduct where you groomed and corrupted a number of young men by drink, drugs and force. These were wicked offences which have resulted in life scarring experiences for all concerned.”

A statement released by the officer in charge of the case, Detective Chief Inspector Chris Sephton, said: “In my opinion George Gibbs is a dangerous individual who poses a risk to children both on Merseyside and across the country.”

Libel claim

Gibbs won a £70,000 payout from The Sun newspaper in 2011 after appearing in a story headlined Smashed: World’s Biggest Paedo Ring.

The article reported that the then 62-year-old fled to Thailand to prey on teenagers before returning to the UK.

He sued the paper over the claims and won.

It is now thought the national paper will take Gibbs to court to recover the sum later this year.

A spokesperson from Liverpool Crown Court said: “There is a hearing on a fraud matter that is due to take place on August 29.”

 

Police warned of behaviour almost 25 years ago

A FORMER acquaintance of prolific paedophile George Gibbs has told of how he contacted Dorset Police with his concerns more than 23 years ago.

John Ward, of Poole Road in Westbourne, considered going into business with Gibbs in 1990, but became worried about the way he acted with children.

Mr Ward said he went to police almost a quarter of a century ago to report his fears, but nothing was done.

He contacted the force again six years ago, but has claimed that once again, police didn’t help.

“I became very suspicious of him and his dealings with young boys,” Mr Ward said.

“He always seemed to have a child with him whenever I saw him. There were lots of things that made me feel a bit uneasy, like the way he spoke to them. He just carried on and carried on. It’s absolutely horrendous to consider now.”

Mr Ward ended the business relationship and reported his fears about Gibbs to the police.

He said: “Nothing happened – nothing was ever done.

“I thought he’d been interfering with children, went to the police and nothing happened. To think it was all those years ago, and he must have been committing these awful offences because he wasn’t stopped in time.”

He has now approached the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Mr Ward said: “I’m coming forward now because I believe there could be more victims out there.

“I’d urge anyone who has been hurt by this monster to speak to the police.

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6:15am Fri 18 Jul 14

Huey says...

Yet another. I hope he dies soon.
Yet another. I hope he dies soon. Huey
  • Score: 36

7:29am Fri 18 Jul 14

caravan1 says...

Is this the guy that Butler-Schloss refused the council permission to warn other authorities? Come on Echo, full story please.
Is this the guy that Butler-Schloss refused the council permission to warn other authorities? Come on Echo, full story please. caravan1
  • Score: 21

9:43am Fri 18 Jul 14

Bryan72 says...

go and hang yourself, evil man!!!!
go and hang yourself, evil man!!!! Bryan72
  • Score: 24

10:52am Fri 18 Jul 14

Vikki27 says...

Oh my God that is horrible and awful. Those poor boys. :0( People like this make me want to join the campaign to bring back capital punishment. I can't believe he got away with such terrible things for so long AND got awarded £70,000 in getting away with it the first time. Awful.
Oh my God that is horrible and awful. Those poor boys. :0( People like this make me want to join the campaign to bring back capital punishment. I can't believe he got away with such terrible things for so long AND got awarded £70,000 in getting away with it the first time. Awful. Vikki27
  • Score: 18

1:39pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Controversial But True says...

Huey wrote:
Yet another. I hope he dies soon.
I hope he lives a long time, where every day he faces another bar of slippery soap in the shower block that he'll share with a huge bodybuilding sex starved inmate!
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Yet another. I hope he dies soon.[/p][/quote]I hope he lives a long time, where every day he faces another bar of slippery soap in the shower block that he'll share with a huge bodybuilding sex starved inmate! Controversial But True
  • Score: 23

3:05pm Fri 18 Jul 14

i have heard it all now says...

Give him the Bridport Dagger.
Give him the Bridport Dagger. i have heard it all now
  • Score: 7

4:40pm Fri 18 Jul 14

martinsim34 says...

so wat is this new law going to do if u don't report ur concerns to police u r committing a criminal offence thats how i read it
so wat is this new law going to do if u don't report ur concerns to police u r committing a criminal offence thats how i read it martinsim34
  • Score: 3

8:16pm Fri 18 Jul 14

stevobath says...

Controversial But True wrote:
Huey wrote:
Yet another. I hope he dies soon.
I hope he lives a long time, where every day he faces another bar of slippery soap in the shower block that he'll share with a huge bodybuilding sex starved inmate!
A. You've been watching too many Hollywood films
B. He'd probably enjoy it anyway.

Time away from the 'Rule 43 Wing' would be best for this filth, where the normal prison population can get to him.
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: Yet another. I hope he dies soon.[/p][/quote]I hope he lives a long time, where every day he faces another bar of slippery soap in the shower block that he'll share with a huge bodybuilding sex starved inmate![/p][/quote]A. You've been watching too many Hollywood films B. He'd probably enjoy it anyway. Time away from the 'Rule 43 Wing' would be best for this filth, where the normal prison population can get to him. stevobath
  • Score: 7

8:34am Sat 19 Jul 14

RM says...

Jailed for ' life' - must serve 11 & a half years. Wow! Real justice considering the number of lives he has ruined. Needs to be hung - at the very least that would stop him ever re-offending.
Jailed for ' life' - must serve 11 & a half years. Wow! Real justice considering the number of lives he has ruined. Needs to be hung - at the very least that would stop him ever re-offending. RM
  • Score: 4

9:14am Sat 19 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

RM wrote:
Jailed for ' life' - must serve 11 & a half years. Wow! Real justice considering the number of lives he has ruined. Needs to be hung - at the very least that would stop him ever re-offending.
Can someone let judge Wiggs know this is what you call a sentence that fits the crime for a pervert nonce,not the half hearted lame excuses of a sentence he hands out.
[quote][p][bold]RM[/bold] wrote: Jailed for ' life' - must serve 11 & a half years. Wow! Real justice considering the number of lives he has ruined. Needs to be hung - at the very least that would stop him ever re-offending.[/p][/quote]Can someone let judge Wiggs know this is what you call a sentence that fits the crime for a pervert nonce,not the half hearted lame excuses of a sentence he hands out. burgerboy
  • Score: 1

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