Sky News:-A 92-year-old man who is “well-versed” in online chatrooms has been jailed after vigilantes caught him attempting to meet a schoolgirl for sex.
Ivor Gifford had sent explicit messages to two profiles which he believed belonged to an 11-year-old girl called Jessie, and a 12-year-old girl named Jodie.
He was caught by a group called The Hunted One after arranging to meet Jessie in Llanhilleth, near his home in south Wales.
Newport Crown Court heard how he had sent an explicit image to the fake profile in her name, and had asked for the girl to “dress sexy” when she visited to “tempt” him.
Judge Daniel Williams said: “You were on the internet looking for young girls and looking for young girls to engage in sexual activity.
“You were well-versed in using chat sites and very adept at using language and emojis to keep what you believed to be young girls engaged in conversations with you.”
The judge said Gifford had asked Jessie if she was looking for sex, adding: “You said how your messaging could lead to you taking her virginity.
“You told her you would like her to be your secret lover.”
The court also heard how Gifford had exchanged messages with Jodie, with the judge adding: “Yours were often sexual in nature – you telling Jodie she was gorgeous, asking if she liked making love, asking specifically ‘do you want sex, love?'”.
Gifford had asked Jodie to send him nude photographs, and when told her camera was broken, he graphically described sexual intercourse and told her how to perform a sexual act.
“You carried on asking for what you referred to as a ‘naughty photo’,” the judge added.
Gifford, who had no previous convictions, was jailed for 18 months after a jury convicted him of two charges of attempting to incite a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity – as well as attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.
Jeffrey Jones, who represented Gifford, said his client had “very limited” mobility after suffering a heart attack and a stroke.
The court was told: “He is very advanced in life. He is in a state of shock at the publicity of the matter and the loss of his good name.
“He utters that the last thing he wants to do is bother on the internet again.”
Mr Jones added that Gifford has been “ostracised” from family and friends since being taken into custody last December.