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Tugwood father and son from East Finchley and High Barnet jailed for 'appalling' sexual abuse of young girl
A father and son have both been jailed for the “appalling” sexual abuse of a young girl.
Wilson Tugwood, 66, of Helen Close, East Finchley, was today sentenced to 21 months in prison for assaulting the teenage victim in a public park between September 1980 and October 1983.
His son, John Tugwood, 46, of Mayhill Road, High Barnet, was jailed for 15 years in June for the systematic abuse of the same young girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
The pair were put on trial together at Wood Green Crown Court in April but a jury failed to reach a verdict in the case of the father.
Wilson Tugwood was found guilty following a re-trial last month and was sentenced today at the Lordship Lane court.
Prosecutors were restricted to seeking a maximum sentence of two years imprisonment – the longest available to a court at the time of the offence.
Sentencing this afternoon, Judge Simon Carr told the convicted paedophile he would be facing a sentence of six to eight years in prison had the offences been committed more recently.
The court heard how Wilson Tugwood’s offence took place in a public park soon after he had separated from his wife.
Speaking about the abuse of the victim, who was known to Tugwood, Judge Carr said: “You took the opportunity to breach her trust in the most appalling way and abuse her.
“You took her to a quite area of the park and, under the false pretence of a medical examination, digitally penetrated her.
“The effect on her has been devastating and she has felt shame for most of her life. She was being systematically abused at the same time by others, including your son.
“She was at her most vulnerable at the time of the assault and if she ever needed support it was then. Instead, she got the exact opposite. It is impossible to imagine a greater breach of trust.”
Tugwood was sentenced to a total of 21 months in prison and was told he would serve at least 14 months before being considered for parole. He will also be placed on the sex offenders’ register.
The crimes were first reported to police by the victim in April 2011.
The officer in charge of the case, DC John Ritsema, from the Metropolitan Police’s child abuse investigation team, said it had been a long road to achieve prosecutions in the case.
He said: “It is nice to bring a bit of closure to the whole thing. This was a huge breach of trust for someone at such an age and it was only years later the victim felt they could speak about it.
“He (Tugwood) strikes me as a very manipulative sort of person – he is an appalling individual. It is very frustrating that the sentence is restricted to two years but there is nothing we can do.
“I’m pleased he received a custodial sentence and I’m pleased for the victim. I hope this will bring some closure to her but it will never erase what happened.”
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