Paedophile admits to serial assaults

Saturday 24 January 1998 01:02 GMT

Paedophile admits to serial assaults

A 62-year-old man yesterday admitted a catalogue of sexual assaults on young children spanning more than 20 years.

Victor Burton-Barri pleaded guilty at Bristol Crown Court to 39 charges, including indecent assault and taking obscene photographs. He denied nine further charges, including rape and buggery, which were left on the file.

The offences took place over a 20-year period and involved five children, including a four-year-old girl. None of the youngsters involved can be identified for legal reasons.

Ian Fenny, prosecuting, told the court that a "huge amount" of paedophile material was seized from the accused's house at Charlecombe Park at Portishead, near Bristol.

He said photos, videos and hundreds of pages of stories or articles had been found at the house, all of which were of an "obscene ... paedophile nature".

Judge Carol Hagen asked for psychiatric and pre-sentence reports to be prepared and said: "Today you have entered guilty pleas to very serious offences. It will be the reports that will guide me as to the appropriate length of that sentence."

Burton-Barri was arrested in March last year after an inquiry that lasted six months. He was remanded in custody to be sentenced at a later date.

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