A FORMER soldier has been jailed for 22 years for a string of sex attacks on children more than two decades ago.
Kim Parkes committed the offences while on leave from the army in Portsmouth during the 1970s and 80s.
Afterwards he moved away from the area, married and began a new life, working as a postman in Manchester.
But in 2010 the 55-year-old’s past caught up with him when one of his victims went to the police.
The investigation into the historic offences revealed Parkes, formerly of Paulsgrove, had assaulted five women in all – four of whom were under 16 at the time.
Jailing him Judge Sarah Munro QC said: ‘It’s hard to think of a more serious case of its type than this. Your victims have all been severely affected by the abuse you put them through and their lives as children and as adults damaged to a significant degree.
‘The impact of your offending upon these women is devastating.
‘You have been able to live how and where you chose in the years since your offences – their lives have been scarred permanently by what you did.’
When he was arrested Parkes, of Halton Bank, Salford, Lancashire, denied the offences.
He was found guilty of three counts of rape, 11 of indecent assault and one other sexual offence after a two-and-a-half-week trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.
The jury cleared him of a further four charges of rape.
Judge Munro added: ‘Because you pleaded not guilty each of them has been forced to relive, in graphic detail, the horror and pain of your abuse.
‘You were as cool upon your arrest as you have been throughout this trial.
‘You have not shown any sign of emotion, let alone remorse, from first to last.’
After the sentencing Detective Constable Joanna Morris, of Portsmouth CID, praised the victims, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, for their bravery.
She said: ‘This was a lengthy and thorough investigation conducted by Portsmouth’s Crystal unit.
‘The victims in this case are pleased by the verdicts and grateful that their voices have finally been heard.
‘This has been an extremely difficult time for them and they have shown enormous courage in coming forward and giving evidence.
‘I would like to express my thanks to the jury in their careful consideration of the evidence in this case.’
Parkes, who was in the First Royal Hampshire Regiment from 1972 to 1983 and went to Northern Ireland and the Falkland Islands, will be on the sex offender’s register for life.