AN 86-year-old man has been jailed after being found guilty of sex offences against a schoolgirl.
Dennis Findley was given a six-year sentence yesterday over the offences which took place more than a decade ago.
Findley, of Henson Grove, Airedale, Castleford, was told he must serve an immediate prison sentence despite a court hearing he suffers from a number of serious health problems.
A jury heard the offences took place when the victim was between the ages of 11 and 13. Findley told the girl not to tell anyone about what had happened after subjecting her to the abuse.
The offences came to light in 2011 when the victim, who is now an adult, told her partner and members of her family about what happened.
Findley was found guilty of eight charges, which include rape, indecency with a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
The victim had to relive her experiences when she gave evidence at the trial. Leeds Crown Court heard Findley continued to be in denial about the offences, which were committed when he was aged in his seventies.
Caroline Wiggin, for Findley, said her client suffered from heart and bowel problems, diabetes and had been diagnosed with depression.
Recorder Jeremy Hill-Baker told Findley he took a starting point of nine years when considering what sentence to impose. He said: “It was clear it has deeply affected your victim from when I heard her evidence in the trial. As an act of mercy and to reflect your age and ill health I reduce the sentence which I must impose for the offence of rape to one of six years.”