Victims recalled prolific sex attacker from Northamptonshire’s ‘distinct smell’ and ‘dirty fingernails’

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  • Sex attacker has four more years added to 12-year sentence for further offences
  • Historic crimes took place on many different victims
  • Judge brands Kirk a ‘danger to members of the public’
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A serial sex offender from Northamptonshire who committed sex attacks on young children over a 30-year period has had four more years added to his already lengthy prison sentence.

Currently in prison, Richard Kirk, 50, from Corby, appeared at Northampton Crown Court to face counts of indecent assault with a female, indecent assault with a child, indecent assault with a male, sexual activity with a child, sexual activity with a child under 13 and one of assaulting a child by penetration.

Your smell and your nails - these are things that they have lived with throughout their lives as a lasting reminder of what it is you did to them

Judge Timothy Smith

The latest set of offences only came to light in 2014.

Yesterday prosecutor Gary Short told the court how at least four of his victims recalled Kirk’s ‘dirty fingernails’ and ‘distinct smell’, adding that the defendant was known to ‘rarely bathe’.

Kirk is currently serving 12 years in jail for previous convictions and yesterday, Judge Timothy Smith added a further four years to the sentence, meaning Kirk will not be eligible for parole now until 2021.

Judge Smith said: “This type of attack on young children leads to lasting effects - the psychological impacts can be immense.

“Your smell and your nails - these are things that they have lived with throughout their lives as a lasting reminder of what it is you did to them.”

Kirk will also be subject to a four year licence period when he is released from jail and will be kept on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

“You are someone that remains a danger to members of the public,” Judge Smith concluded. “Probation reports clearly indicate the high risk of you re-offending.”

Defending for Kirk, Henry James said his client had pleaded guilty to all of the 23 latest offences at the earliest opportunity.

He added that Kirk was not a “man who achieved great academic or material success in his life,” was known to hear “voices in his head” and has been treated by mental health experts during his life.

But he said Kirk was seeking help for his offending in prison.

Mr James finished by saying: “In very simple terms he has come to terms with those voices and knows that they aren’t to be followed.”