Mother and rapist son admit perverting course of justice during police investigation

The Northern Echo: Ian Pritchard pictured outside Teesside Crown Court during his earlier trial. Ian Pritchard pictured outside Teesside Crown Court during his earlier trial.

A MOTHER and her rapist son have jointly admitted perverting the course of justice after conspiring to hide evidence from police.

Pamela Shoulder and son Ian Pritchard, who is serving a 12 year jail sentence for sex crimes, hatched a plan to deactivate a Facebook account belonging to Pritchard.

It was said to contain information which could have assisted police in their criminal investigation into his offending.

Pritchard, previously described by a judge as “sadistic” and a danger to women, was convicted following a trial last June of 13 counts of rape, sexual activity with a child and sexual assault. The attacks were said to be on vulnerable females whose ages ranged from 14 to 24.

He was returned to Teesside Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday, June 3) and separately admitted perverting the course of justice by encouraging a prosecution witness to write a letter containing information he knew was untrue.

Shoulder, 46, of Pounteys Close, Middleton-St-George, near Darlington, and 21-year-old Pritchard, who is being held in a detention centre for young offenders in Aylesbury, were separated by a security guard in the dock.

The court hearing was repeatedly held up as both defendants quibbled over the exact wording of the joint charge they intended to plead to and sought advice from their respective barristers.

Jonny Walker, for Shoulder, who was given conditional bail, asked that her sentence be adjourned in order that a report be prepared on her.

Kieran Rainey, for Pritchard, did not apply for a pre-sentence report, but asked Judge George Moorhouse that he be sentenced via a video link rather than have to appear in court. The judge agreed and remanded Pritchard in custody.

Both defendants will be sentenced next month.

The guilty pleas they entered came on the eve of a planned four day trial which had been due to start on Monday (June 1).

Pritchard was already subject to a sexual offences prevention order for filming himself in a sex act with a young girl when he targeted his other victims.

His trial heard how he had abused his victims physically, mentally and sexually and found “normal” sex boring.

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8:03am Wed 4 Jun 14

somethinginsidesostrong says...

This is the problem in `The Age of the Internet' When there is poor parenting. Parenthood is far more involved than just putting your children out daily into the world clean,fed and tidy. Children need to be raised with principles, values, and integrity. The Internet is seen as a value free zone and voyeurism rules. We somehow need to instil into those who have been inadequately raised there are people/victims at the other end of their ego self interest sessions on the computer/i phone. "My Country right or wrong - My mother drunk or sober ' approach = In these outwardly appearing functioning people, are some very disturbed minds. This mother needs to be taught a sense of shame.
This is the problem in `The Age of the Internet' When there is poor parenting. Parenthood is far more involved than just putting your children out daily into the world clean,fed and tidy. Children need to be raised with principles, values, and integrity. The Internet is seen as a value free zone and voyeurism rules. We somehow need to instil into those who have been inadequately raised there are people/victims at the other end of their ego self interest sessions on the computer/i phone. "My Country right or wrong - My mother drunk or sober ' approach = In these outwardly appearing functioning people, are some very disturbed minds. This mother needs to be taught a sense of shame. somethinginsidesostrong
  • Score: 22

9:51am Wed 4 Jun 14

studio says...

somethinginsidesostr
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This is the problem in `The Age of the Internet' When there is poor parenting. Parenthood is far more involved than just putting your children out daily into the world clean,fed and tidy. Children need to be raised with principles, values, and integrity. The Internet is seen as a value free zone and voyeurism rules. We somehow need to instil into those who have been inadequately raised there are people/victims at the other end of their ego self interest sessions on the computer/i phone. "My Country right or wrong - My mother drunk or sober ' approach = In these outwardly appearing functioning people, are some very disturbed minds. This mother needs to be taught a sense of shame.
Utter Tosh. You really do amaze me with some of your views.
[quote][p][bold]somethinginsidesostr ong[/bold] wrote: This is the problem in `The Age of the Internet' When there is poor parenting. Parenthood is far more involved than just putting your children out daily into the world clean,fed and tidy. Children need to be raised with principles, values, and integrity. The Internet is seen as a value free zone and voyeurism rules. We somehow need to instil into those who have been inadequately raised there are people/victims at the other end of their ego self interest sessions on the computer/i phone. "My Country right or wrong - My mother drunk or sober ' approach = In these outwardly appearing functioning people, are some very disturbed minds. This mother needs to be taught a sense of shame.[/p][/quote]Utter Tosh. You really do amaze me with some of your views. studio
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12:09pm Wed 4 Jun 14

behonest says...

If she knew what he'd done, and tried to get him off with it in this way (showing a complete disregard for the awful suffering of his victims), then she should be looking at a several years jail sentence too.
She'll probably get community service.
If she knew what he'd done, and tried to get him off with it in this way (showing a complete disregard for the awful suffering of his victims), then she should be looking at a several years jail sentence too. She'll probably get community service. behonest
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6:54pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Bank of Europe says...

behonest wrote:
If she knew what he'd done, and tried to get him off with it in this way (showing a complete disregard for the awful suffering of his victims), then she should be looking at a several years jail sentence too.
She'll probably get community service.
Couldn't agree more with you EXCEPT she should of been sent to the same amount of time as the filth, IF NOT more as she herself knew what he did was wrong She may as well have been present at the time of the attacks... She is a total disgusting waste of skin & Oxygen thief
[quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: If she knew what he'd done, and tried to get him off with it in this way (showing a complete disregard for the awful suffering of his victims), then she should be looking at a several years jail sentence too. She'll probably get community service.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more with you EXCEPT she should of been sent to the same amount of time as the filth, IF NOT more as she herself knew what he did was wrong She may as well have been present at the time of the attacks... She is a total disgusting waste of skin & Oxygen thief Bank of Europe
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8:17pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Flowerpot25 says...

behonest wrote:
If she knew what he'd done, and tried to get him off with it in this way (showing a complete disregard for the awful suffering of his victims), then she should be looking at a several years jail sentence too.
She'll probably get community service.
Just to clarify, me, being one of the victims of her son can inform you that she does care. She's a human being at the end of the day, as it says above, she plead guilty to "deactivating his Facebook account". And NOTHING ELSE!! She was NOT there when any of it happend and wasn't even aware of what was happening until it came to light. As one of the victims I would ask you to respect me And what I've said as the truth, let's not forget you shouldn't believe everything that is wrote in the papers! I can also vouch that his mother is a lovely person, she has done nothing but help me and be there for me, I can also tell you that the police done nothing but pester me constantly wanting me to say bad things about someone I saw as a good friend, being his mam.
[quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: If she knew what he'd done, and tried to get him off with it in this way (showing a complete disregard for the awful suffering of his victims), then she should be looking at a several years jail sentence too. She'll probably get community service.[/p][/quote]Just to clarify, me, being one of the victims of her son can inform you that she does care. She's a human being at the end of the day, as it says above, she plead guilty to "deactivating his Facebook account". And NOTHING ELSE!! She was NOT there when any of it happend and wasn't even aware of what was happening until it came to light. As one of the victims I would ask you to respect me And what I've said as the truth, let's not forget you shouldn't believe everything that is wrote in the papers! I can also vouch that his mother is a lovely person, she has done nothing but help me and be there for me, I can also tell you that the police done nothing but pester me constantly wanting me to say bad things about someone I saw as a good friend, being his mam. Flowerpot25
  • Score: 13

9:20pm Wed 4 Jun 14

somethinginsidesostrong says...

Be honest What a lovely understanding person you are, so sorry to hear of your anguish. Thank you so much for wanting accuracy, for his mother, very insightful. Sorry to hear the police have exacerbated your awful experience, it seems too many are lacking in empathy and affect. Really appreciate your post.
Be honest What a lovely understanding person you are, so sorry to hear of your anguish. Thank you so much for wanting accuracy, for his mother, very insightful. Sorry to hear the police have exacerbated your awful experience, it seems too many are lacking in empathy and affect. Really appreciate your post. somethinginsidesostrong
  • Score: 3

9:21pm Wed 4 Jun 14

somethinginsidesostrong says...

Sorry that was meant to say FLOWERPOT!
Sorry that was meant to say FLOWERPOT! somethinginsidesostrong
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