Disgusting paedophile laughed in victim’s faces… now he can be pictured for the first time


This is the paedophile who laughed in the face of his victims when they begged him to stop abusing them.

David Blackburn targeted two girls from when they were aged just nine and seven-years-old – threatening them not to speak out about the abuse. He was a teenage boy when he started molesting the victims. But he continued as an adult, even after he got married and had children of his own.

One of the girls was raped by Blackburn, of Quarry Green, Northwood, Kirkby, more than three decades ago. She burst into tears and clenched her fists when he was jailed for 19 years on Monday, as supporters celebrated and hugged her in the public gallery.

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Merseyside Police said it did not take a mugshot of Blackburn because he attended a voluntary interview, meaning the Liverpool ECHO , which reported on the case, did not have a photo of him. But the publication can now show you the face of the man who “grotesquely abused” situations to use the girls as his “sexual playthings” of him.

Blackburn was found guilty after a harrowing trial at Liverpool Crown Court. He denied any wrongdoing, but was convicted of five counts of indecent assault and one count of indecency with a child in relation to his first victim, when she was aged between nine and 13.

The now adult victim said Blackburn touched her sexually, performed a sex act on her, exposed himself and asked her to touch him, and showed her sexual pictures in a book. Martine Snowdon, prosecuting, said: “She would ask him to stop when he touched her but he would just laugh.”

Blackburn was convicted of 15 counts of indecent assault, two counts of indecency with a child, and one count of rape, in respect of his second victim. The prosecutor said Blackburn abused that girl from when she was aged seven by touching her sexually, including performing sex acts on her.



David Blackburn, 56, of Quarry Green, Northwood, Kirkby

Blackburn made her perform a sex act on him when she was 12, and once lay on top of her, only to be disturbed and flee, before he raped her when she was 14. Ms Snowdon said the girl reported that rape in 1990, but later retracted her complaint when put under pressure.

In a victim statement, the second woman said she takes antidepressant medication and medication for anxiety. The prosecutor said she outlined how “the abuse is on her mind all the time” and led to suicidal thoughts. The woman has continuing nightmares and only now, after the trial ended, she has been able to take up the offer of counselling.

The judge, Recorder Ian Harris, said he had read a pre-sentence report provided by the Probation Service. He said: “It’s as one would expect given the denials in the trial. He does not express any remorse and maintains his innocence of him, and the author of the report assesses him as being a high risk of further sexual contact offences. “

Lee Bonner, defending, said Blackburn suffered from depression “in part caused by his divorce”, was on antidepressants and had been referred to a “memory clinic”. He said his client of him had no previous convictions and at his age of him, prison may “have a far greater impact upon him than may otherwise have been the case.”

Mr Bonner said Blackburn previously made a serious attempt on his life, which left him in a coma, and his memory issues were linked to cognitive impairment. He said he was “perhaps not a sophisticated man”, who did not complete his education, had difficulties reading and writing, and was “unable to sustain long term employment”.

Mr Bonner said the last offenses were 30 years ago. He added: “The defendant that the court will sentence today is, it would appear, a very different defendant to that young man of so many years ago.”



Liverpool Crown Court

Recorder Harris said Blackburn initially satisfied his “predatory lust” with the first girl, then abused the second child. The judge said: “This paedophile offending continued after you were married and had your own children.

“Both victims said how you threatened them and that the abuse had hurt them. The second girl said she would beg you to stop what you were doing.”

Referring to the second girl, Recorder Harris said: “She would say she didn’t want to engage in sexual activity with you, but you would tell her not to tell anyone or you would hurt her.” The judge said that the girl was “forced” to retract the complaint she made about the rape in 1990.

Recorder Harris told Blackburn: “Both of your victims have suffered and continue to suffer to this day. You simply ruined the innocence of these two children.”

The judge said he was sure Blackburn had known that what he was doing was “wrong.” Recorder Harris said Blackburn was an “offender of particular concern” and jailed him for 19 years in total, with an extended year on license.

The effect of a combination of different types of sentences in this case means Blackburn must serve around 11 and a half years in jail before he can apply for parole. Blackburn must also sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Anyone with information or wants to report a sexual offense is asked to call 101 where you will be spoken to by specially trained officers. Or you can pass information to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Center on 0161 276 6515, whether or not you want to make a police report.St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Center in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counseling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault.

Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them via Greater Manchester Police, or as a self-referral.

Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500.

Children concerned about abuse can contact Childline 24/7 on 0800 1111. Adults concerned about the wellbeing of children can phone the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 8005000.

Anyone concerned about their own behaviour, or that of a family member, can contact stopitnow.org.uk and get-help.stopitnow.org.uk

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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