Norwich man sentenced to six years in jail after admitting string of historical sex offences against young boys
PUBLISHED: 07:45 11 January 2017 | UPDATED: 07:45 11 January 2017
A Norwich man wept in the dock as he was sentenced to six years in prison after admitting a string of sex offences against young boys.
Victor Goodrum, of Paragon Place, Norwich, was charged with 11 counts of sexual abuse concerning young boys, including indecent assault, gross indecency and another serious sexual offence.
Goodrum, 83, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court yesterday, having previously pleaded guilty on March 11, 2015.
Mark Roochove, prosecuting, said Goodrum’s offences took place between 1974 and 2001 and concerned a number of victims, with one as young as 11 years old. He said Goodrum groomed many of them with money and presents.
One victim was bought a BMX push bike, while others received sweets and cigarettes.
In mitigation, Michael Clare said Goodrum “has had this hanging over him for a long time.
“He tells me some of the now men have been visiting him and exchanging presents, he is confused about why they have made statements.”
He added: “He pleaded guilty a long time ago. He’s been under stress and tearful for a long time and that is something not relating to his age.”
But although Goodrum had pleaded guilty, and signed documents outlining the acts he had performed, in court yesterday he shouted it was “all lies.”
Mr Clare said: “Saying it’s all lies is just down to fear and confusion, he does not know how he’s going to cope with custody.
“He didn’t realise he had to come to court to be sentenced because he says he was told it was all finished.”
But he said a great deal of care had been taken to ensure Goodrum understood what was happening, and the allegations he was facing.
Sentencing Goodrum to six years in jail, of which he must serve three, Judge Holt said: “I have read the victim impact statements and they make extremely sad reading.
“The effect sex abuse has on a child is devastating, it comes back to haunt them again and again as they get older.”
When released from prison, Goodrum will remain on license for three years and be placed on the sex offenders register for an indefinite period.