THE sentencing of a Wigan paedophile convicted of an appalling catalogue of sex attacks against 10 young girls has been adjourned until the new year.
Ronald Bain appeared at Liverpool Crown Court for Judge David Harris, QC, to sentence him but following a defence application for a psychological report to be prepared he agreed to adjourn it until January 23.
The 62-year-old was found guilty by a jury last month of 28 sexual assault offences, including rape, spanning 25 years.
Defence barrister Paul Becker agreed that a probation officer, who has prepared a report on Bain, describes him as a high risk of re-offending and high risk of causing serious harm.
But he argued that Bain “was likely to be in his 70s or approaching his 70s be the time he could be paroled” and it could be that old age would reduce his risk to the public.
Judge Harris pointed out that Bain has been committing sexual offences since the late ’60s and he said he did not accept the indecent exposure offences Bain committed in the 1970s did not have real sexual motivation.
He also pointed out that in view of his continued denial of abusing the girls there were doubts whether his impulse to commit sexual offences would be sufficiently reduced by old age and treatment in custody.
However, he agreed that a psychological should be prepared and further remanded Bain in custody.
During the five-week trial, the jurors heard that Bain’s victims ranged in age from six to 16. Bain, of Smithwood Avenue, Hindley, denied all the allegations.