Kim Whittlestone successfully prosecutes man for 27 child sex offences

November 22, 2021

Kim Whittlestone from Exchange Chambers has successfully prosecuted a man for a range of child sex offences.

Simon Blenkinship, 56, was sentenced to 22 years after admitting 27 child sex offences at Carlisle Crown Court.

Blenkinship, from Cumbria, pleaded guilty to all charges he faced, including multiple charges of rape connected to two of the three victims in this case. The offences occurred between 2006 and 2019.

The overall charges in this case also include multiple charges of sexual assault by touching, causing a child to engage in sexual activity, assault by penetration, engaging in sexual communication with a child and making indecent child images. Judge Andrew Jeffries QC imposed an extended eight-year licence. Blenkinship must also sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

DC Jo Allison-Wright was the officer investigating this case. Speaking after the sentencing, she said: “I can only imagine what a horrendous experience this was for the victims, to be subjected to such abhorrent crimes. I would like to recognise the courage they have all shown throughout this investigation.

“Cumbria Constabulary is committed to thoroughly and compassionately investigating all reports of rape and serious sexual offences, no matter how much time has passed.”