Norfolk

Great Yarmouth child rapist John Williams jailed

John Williams
Image caption John Williams changed his plea to guilty on the first day of his trial

A 55-year-old man has been jailed for 16 years for raping two girls.

John Williams, of George Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of rape and charges relating to indecent images of children.

He attacked the two girls during the mid-1990s and in 2011, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Norfolk Police said Williams's "terrible offences" involved "vulnerable girls". He has been placed on the sex offenders register for life.

Detectives discovered indecent images and films on a computer hard drive and a number of memory sticks belonging to Williams.

'Enormous courage'

Police said a number of images were of Level 5 - the highest classification.

As well as the rape offences, he admitted one count of making an indecent photograph of a child and three counts of possessing indecent pictures of children.

Det Con Nikki Clarke, who led the investigation, said: "Williams committed these terrible offences against two vulnerable young girls who until recently had been too scared to come forward and we would like to commend them for the bravery they have shown.

"By pleading not guilty, until he changed his plea on the first day of trial, Williams forced the victims to believe they would have to relive the ordeal in court: this has proven an immensely stressful experience.

"It has taken an enormous amount of courage on their part, and we hope such a sentence will give them a sense of closure and that they can now move on positively with their lives."

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