A 92 year old pervert, Ivor Gifford has now bagged the title – Britain’s oldest paedophile! He was caught in the web while trying to meet and have sex with an 11 year old girl after grooming her in internet chatrooms and telling her to “wear something sexy”.
In a statement which might appear to be a wish, the 92 who has now been remanded in custody told cops: “I hope I die before this is out” .
The twist however is that the said eleven year old girl was just a fictional character with a fake social media profile set up by members of vigilante group – The Hunted One to snare sex fiends.
He was nabbed at the venue where the duo had agreed to meet. Ivor admits he was there to pick up a girl aged just 11, saying he thought she wanted to meet him out of “curiosity”.
One of the vigilantes can be heard in the footage telling Gifford: “You’re 81 years older than this child.
“We catch a load of guys – you’re the oldest, it’s unbelievable. When we found out your age we were shocked.”
The video clip was shown at Newport Crown Court as a jury heard how Gifford groomed the fictional child over several weeks and sent explicit photos of himself.
Prosecutor Owen Williams said: “He was persistent in his attempts. In over 100 pages of messages, you will see that the vast majority refer to a sexual act.
“Mr Gifford graphically describes sexual acts. He sent images of himself naked.”
The pensioner gave the child directions on how to get from Cardiff to Abertillery via a bus and a train, the court heard.
Gifford, of Abertillery, denied two charges of attempting to incite a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, and attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.
The former RAF man began to use the internet two years ago to find a housekeeper after his wife died aged 68 in 2014.
He said he was “lonely” and learned to use the chat sites to meet people to talk to, and believed the girls were older.
But a jury rejected that and found him guilty. He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on June 2.
The NSPCC said: “Although the children Gifford was arranging to meet were not real, the danger he poses to young children is.
“He set out to groom girls with the intention of sexually abusing them. This kind of predatory behaviour can ruin childhoods with the devastating effects lasting into adulthood.
“We believe that identifying offenders and investigating crimes like these is best left to the police.” It stated.