A Louth man convicted of raping two young girls was today, Friday May 22, jailed for a total of 19 years at Lincoln Crown Court.
Robin Fenton, who fled to Ireland in the middle of his trial earlier this year, was told by Judge John Pini QC that he had caused “incalculable damage” to his victims.
Fenton had been allowed bail during his trial but went missing for several days. He was tracked down to Ireland where he had travelled with his pet dog but returned to Lincolnshire and handed himself in to police.
His trial then resumed and he was subsequently remanded in custody.
Fenton ,48, of Jubilee Crescent, Louth, was later found guilty of three charges of rape, 10 charges of indecent assault and a further charge of indecency with a child. The offences took place between 1997 and 2005. He admitted an offence of failing to answer his bail during his trial.
Judge Pini told him “ You have shown wickedness and depravity. There has been a total absence of remorse by you. I cannot find any mitigating features at all.”
During the trial the jury heard that the abuse against one of the girls began when she was only 11.
Fenton committed a number of offences against her before he progressed to raping her.
The second victim was 12 Fenton first abused her and he went on to rape her on a number of occasions.
In evidence Fenton claimed the two girls had lied about what happened.
His barrister Alison Summers, in mitigation, told the judge “His view now remains as it did at trial. He remains of the view that these offences were not committed.”