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Paedophile jailed at 97 — and will become one of Britain’s oldest prisoners


A PAEDOPHILE has been jailed at the age of 97 — becoming one of Britain’s oldest prisoners.

Christopher Stowe was sentenced to six years for abusing a girl in the 1970s when she was between three and five.

Christopher Stowe
Christopher Stowe, 97, was sentenced to six years for abusing a girl in the 1970s
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His victim said the attacks ruined her childhood, making her feel worthless and dirty.

Judge Sarah Buckingham said it was likely Stowe would die in jail.

But she added: “Balanced against that is the obvious harm you have caused. Only a custodial sentence can be justified.”

Wheelchair-user Stowe, from Coventry, admitted indecent assault and gross indecency.

His lawyer told Warwick crown court: “He no longer poses a risk or threat to anyone.”

Stowe suffered heart failure in 2017, has poor eyesight and has been referred to a specialist because of suspected skin cancer.


He will turn 100 on Christmas Day, 2021.

Britain’s oldest lag is believed to be 104-year-old great-grandfather Ralph Clarke who was jailed for 13 years in 2016 for sex attacks on a boy and two girls between 1974 and 1983.

Ralph Clarke
Britain’s oldest lag is believed to be 104-year-old great-grandfather Ralph Clarke
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Wheelchair-user Stowe, from Coventry, admitted indecent assault and gross indecency at Warwick crown court
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