Paul Pearson Justice for Paul - Story
Paul Michael Pearson was abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered by Richard Blenkey. The investigation became a high profile murder case in the United Kingdom. Following his conviction, Blenkey was imprisoned for life, serving a minimum of twenty years.
On August 14th 1991 seven year old Paul Pearson vanished as he cycled home after playing with a friend in Saltburn. A local man, Richard Blenkey, lured Paul into his chicken hut on his allotment and stripped and sexually assaulted him. He then beat Paul about the face and strangled him with chicken thread. The bike and Paul's naked body were found the next day in an overgrown 50ft ravine and two days later Blenkey was arrested.
On 26th October 1992 Richard Blenkey pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life imprisonment for Paul’s murder. The judge recommended that he should serve a minimum of 20 years before being considered for parole. Passing the life sentence the judge said that Blenkey had a ‘morbid interest in young boys’. Blenkey was only sentenced for murder and not convicted for his sexual crimes he committed upon Paul.
Richard Blenkey has a history of assaults on young boys; in 1978 he was convicted for the attempted abduction of another young boy. Police also claim that Blenkey had assaulted young boy’s years before killing Paul but he didn't come to justice because parents took matters into their own hands, rather than report the crimes.
As of, 2010 Blenkey is now entering his 19th year in custody, earlier in the year he applied to be transferred to an open prison, were he would be permitted to work within the community and granted the rights to extra visits and the opportunity to prepare for parole. However on Tuesday 7th September 2010 we (the Pearson family) were informed that at this current moment in time Richard Blenkey is not fit to be moved to an open prison and thus his request to be transferred had been declined.
As a family we are appalled at the idea that Richard Blenkey could ever be released after what he did to Paul. We are campaigning to get justice for Paul by having his murderer convicted for all of the terrible crimes he committed upon Paul. Paul’s Law (more of a principle) is a campaign were in child murder cases; where there is any evidence of a sexual assault the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) should always convict the offender for all of the crimes committed. With all offences acknowledged the victims get all of the justice they deserve, and so that if the offenders are ever released, the full extent of all the real dangers they actually pose to the general public - can be properly and officially recognised and managed. Consequently all convicted paedophiles who murder should be included on the sex offenders register for life – and that this policy should be retrospective. Our family strongly believes that if the offender is permitted to live freely in society again, and not placed on the register, there will be another young victim and another family shattered.