Two brothers guilty of sexually abusing same girl 40 years ago


A woman who was sexually abused by two brothers 40 years ago has said she was robbed of her childhood.

Stephen Bassett, 62, and Gordon Bassett, 61, were found guilty of indecently assaulting the victim when she was aged between 12 and 13 in the 1970s over a period of ten years.

Former taxi firm boss Stephen was convicted of a total of a total of 13 offences against two victims, including three counts of rape, indecency with a child, and ten indecent assaults.

He was jailed for 15 years at Hull Crown Court.

The court heard how he once drove his young victim to an isolated location to assault her in a taxi.

A general view of Hull Crown Court, Hull.

A general view of Hull Crown Court (Picture: PA)

His brother Gordon, from east Hull, attacked the same girl and was convicted of one indecent assault and was bailed until his sentencing on March 8.

The woman, who reported the brothers to police three years ago, read her personal statement to the court from behind a screen, saying: ‘At the time Stephen Bassett abused me I remember just retreating into myself.

‘He would tell me if anyone found out I would be in serious trouble, and I used to feel people would know I was being sexually abused just by looking at me.

‘I still don’t have many friends and don’t show my emotions. I also feel tainted by the abuse as if I’m not good enough. I feel that the abuse I suffered has caused me to be isolated.’

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The victim also directly addressed Stephen, adding: ‘You should be in no doubt that what you did to me has affected me for the rest of my life and you should be ashamed. I don’t feel any prison sentence you are subject to would be enough.

‘You robbed me of my childhood and because of what you did to me I didn’t do what normal children did.’

Stephen, who is from Castelford but grew up in Hedon with his brother, will be on the sex offenders register for life.

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