Paedophile with multiple victims is finally caught after police made grim discovery hidden in wall
Anthony Wood, 30, was jailed for 28 years when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentence.
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A man has been jailed for 24 years after police found gloves he used to rape children hidden in a wall for over a decade.
Anthony Wood, 30, had used dozens of gloves as a form of contraception while assaulting his victims over a period of years and hidden them in a wall.
He threatened to kill the children if they ever told anyone. Detectives searched a house in November 2017 and recovered the gloves from inside the wall.
Further searches found more gloves in the cellar, along with underwear hidden in the ceiling.
Wood, from Nottingham, was jailed after being found guilty of 18 non-recent child sex offences, including raping two children.
The forensic evidence helped to form the case against him and he was charged with 18 offences.
These included eight counts of raping a boy under the age of 15, seven counts of raping a girl under the age of 15 and three counts of assault by touching of a girl under the age of 13.
Wood was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday after being found guilty on August 14 following a seven-day trial.
He was given a 24 year custodial sentence to serve a further four years on licence. He was also made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Detective Constable Cherie Sisson said: “Wood is a violent, abusive and manipulative man who craves power.
“Throughout his interviews he showed no emotion and even tried to say that it was all an elaborate lie.
“He never had the decency to admit what he had done – he has never shown any remorse for destroying (his victims’) childhoods.
“I’m not sure if it was one last power play as to why Wood pleaded not guilty, but I’m just glad that the jury was guided by the overwhelming amount of evidence and the dignified testimonies of the survivors.
“I don’t want to be flippant in saying that I hope that the sentence will help them to move on, because I’m not quite sure how anyone could ever fully recover from this amount of abuse.
“However, I do hope that they can look back at how they have conducted themselves throughout the whole investigation and recognise that the scale of their bravery and support for each other is something to be proud of.”