A PENSIONER has been jailed for 14 years after he was found guilty of grooming and sexually abusing young girls in the 1980s and 90s.
Ramsey Ramsey, 79, of Grange Road, Newton, was found guilty of 36 counts relating to the grooming and sexual abuse of girls under 16 in the 1980s and 1990s.
The jury, of six men and six women, took a total of seven hours and 35 minutes to find Ramsey unanimously guilty of 16 counts of rape, 11 counts of indecent assault, three counts of procuring a child for sexual intercourse, three counts of making indecent images of children and three counts of indecency with a child under 14.
The judge, Recorder John Benson QC, directed the jury to find Ramsey not guilty on one count of indecency with a child under 14 as the witness said she could not be sure whether she was 14 or 15 at the time of the incident.
The assaults took place in Ramsey's home in Newton, Chester, the Bombay Palace restaurant, on Upper Northgate Street, Chester, where Ramsey was a manager, and in another flat he owned on the Promenade, Southport.
The court heard, over the course of the 12 day trial, from five women who were victims of Ramsey. They all claimed they had been groomed by Ramsey after he befriended them and gave them gifts, food and alcohol before being taken to his flat on the Promenade, Southport, where he sexually abused them.
Prosecuting, John Wyn Williams, told the court the girls, who for the most part did not know each other, were “vulnerable and easily manipulated”.
Mr Williams said the investigation started when one of the alleged victims went to the police “inspired by the [Jimmy] Savile media coverage”.
The victim told police she became friends with Ramsey as a teenager and would visit the Bombay Palace where she was offered a job behind the bar.
After a while he became “over tactile with her” and he eventually began groping her behind the bar area. She would tell him to stop and bat his hands away from her but “any protests were ignored”.
After about three weeks she was asked to fetch an optic for the bar area from the storage room upstairs but instead she was pushed into a room and was raped by Ramsey.
After the first time she was raped, she left the Bombay Palace and ran home.
She returned a few days later “just to pick up my handbag which I had left” but found Ramsey apologetic with flowers. She let him give her a lift home in his Jaguar and she was sexually assaulted again on the way home.
She told the court she continued to work at the restaurant and Ramsey then asked permission from her mother to take her shopping to Southport.
The victim said she did not want to go to Southport with Ramsey but felt if she refused she would have to tell her mother about the abuse and she was “in a fragile mental state”.
She was taken to Southport on four occasions and repeatedly raped. She said her repeated pleas to stop were ignored saying “it was like he switched off”.
Another victim told the court she could “never hate him” despite the abuse she suffered at the hands of Ramsey.
The woman told the court she first met Ramsey when she was about 13 years old and she would go to the Bombay Palace restaurant,after swimming to get free drinks and food from him.
She told the court he was “always kind” to her and he started offering her lifts home after she began working there as a dishwasher.
She said Ramsey began asking her to put her hands in his lap in his vehicle and eventually took her to a car park at the Northgate Arena where he sexually assaulted her.
Ramsey later took her to his flat in Southport where he asked her to pose semi-naked with a red feather boa before he raped her.
During the trial Ramsey told the jury how he was a much loved personality in Chester and that all victims were ‘professional liars’ who were ‘desperate for money’.
Jailing him to 14 years yesterday, Recorder Benson QC, said Ramsey had not shown an “ounce of remorse”. He said: “Your inflated view of your celebrity status and wealth made you think you were untouchable. Justice has caught up with you because of the bravery or your victims.
“You have not shown an ounce of remorse. You have sought to discredit your victims and the police in, an at times, a most breathtaking fashion.
“You asserted that all of your victims had collaborated to tell wicked lies about you. At times it was character assasination and the jury have seen through it.”
Ramsey was jailed for a total of 14 years for rape and must serve at least nine years before he is eligable for parole.
He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.
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