“Unspeakable evil”. Those were the words used by a judge to describe a paedophile who raped a four-year-old girl and sexually abused a nine-year-old boy.
Frederick Roskall, 56, who has now been locked up for 16 years, always denied abusing the children and forced the pair, who are now adults, to go through the ordeal of a trial, reliving the harrowing events of their childhoods.
The jury found the former bus driver guilty of two counts of rape and five counts of indecent assault in what Judge Christopher Cornwall described as “terrible and grotesque offences.”
Roskall - who used numerous names, including Bill, to evade the authorities - only stopped abusing the children in Preston when he was convicted of sexually assaulting another girl in the late 1990s and sentenced to four years in prison.
Two years ago the young woman came forward to report Roskall, of Oban Drive, Blackburn, had also abused and raped her after nightmares and stress following the birth of her daughter left her terrified she would run into him with her child.
On Friday Judge Cornwall, sentencing, said: “The indecent touching was bad enough but to rape a child under six is just unspeakable evil.
“To then threaten that child with being buried in a cemetery if she disclosed what you had done to her is the behaviour of someone who is without humanity and without any sense of morality.”
Speaking after the sentence, the woman - who can not be identified for legal reasons - said she was relieved her attacker is now behind bars but says her entire life has been affected by Roskall.
She said: “I couldn’t even go to school because I couldn’t catch a bus, because he drove a bus.
“It messed up all my education.
“I didn’t know what he looked like so I was scared of every man that came near.
“He changed his appearance so many times I had all these different faces in my head. You are constantly looking and thinking ‘is that him?’
“I have such an irrational thing not wanting to let any man near my daughter.
“Being in big groups, being around men, male teachers, male students, I just couldn’t handle it.
“I can’t get in a taxi without a member of my family with me.”
The victims waited almost two and a half years for Roskall to stand trial and had to go through the ordeal of having their evidence called into question in court.
The woman said: “It was horrible. Half of the questions were really violating.
“To ask you to remember things from 15 years ago and to be called a liar.
“He just doesn’t show any remorse. Going through the trial he just sat with his hands behind his head. But as I was giving evidence he was leaning forward past the screens. It is that feeling, you know someone is watching you.”