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Julian Myerscough: Ex-lecturer jailed for child sex attacks

Julian Myerscough Image copyright Suffolk Police
Image caption Julian Myerscough abused three girls between 2001 and 2010

A "dangerous, evil" former university lecturer has been jailed for 21 years for a string of child sex attacks.

Julian Myerscough, 57, abused three girls between 2001 and 2010 - his third conviction for child sex offences.

He was found guilty of 11 charges, including two of raping a child under 13, following a two-week trial.

Addressing Myerscough, formerly of Lowestoft, one of his victims told him: "You are too blind to see the monster you've become."

Another said: "I don't think you will ever understand the true evil of your actions."

Myerscough, originally from Bolton, was also given an extended licence period of five years. He will not be eligible for parole for 14 years.

The former University of East Anglia lecturer had previously been given jail terms in 2010 and 2017 of possessing indecent images of children.

'Stole childhoods'

He could not be imprisoned for the latter as he had absconded during a trial in 2015, travelling first to Ireland.

He was arrested there two days later but spent two years fighting extradition before being released by the High Court in Dublin.

He later travelled to Romania, where he was arrested in August.

When Romanian courts approved his extradition, he was brought back to the UK and charged.

Myerscough was found guilty of two counts of rape of a child under 13, four counts of indecent assault, four charges of sexual assault, and one count of ill-treating a child to cause unnecessary suffering.

Det Ch Insp David Henderson of Suffolk Police described him as "a dangerous, evil and vile individual".

"Julian Myerscough stole away the childhoods of three innocent young girls," he said.

"Seeing the victims stand up in court today [and] recounting the sheer terror he caused them, is one of the most powerful and emotive moments I have witnessed as a police officer."

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