Over an 18-month period in 2015 and 2016, a young boy was sexually abused six times by Daniel Davey while being babysat by the man. On December 1st of last year, Davey was sentenced to six-and-a-half years behind bars for the abuse he inflicted upon the boy. He likely expected to one day rejoin society as a free man, but that did not turn out to be the case. On January 12th, Davey was found dead in prison.
The place of his death was HM Prison Bullingdon, which is located in Oxfordshire, England in a village named Arncott. It houses over 1,100 young adult and adult prisoners.
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson stated that Davey’s death—which occurred while in the custody of Her Majesty’s Prison Service—will be investigated. An inquest into the death was opened late last week.
Davey, who worked at McDonald’s, was living in the town of Chippenham at the time of the abuse for which he was jailed. The little boy he abused was five and six-years-old at the time.
The victim, name unknown for privacy reasons, revealed the abuse to his mother, stating that he had ‘something dirty’ to tell her. After hearing that, the mother contacted law enforcement authorities. Davey’s DNA was found on the victim’s underwear.
In addition to hearing that, the court had to hear from a witness that Davey had an image of a teenaged child being sexually abused on his computer. The child was estimated to be about 13 years of age. When confronted by the aforementioned witness, Davey claimed he had sent the image off as a joke. The image was deleted from his computer prior to Davey’s arrest.
Davey pleaded not guilty to molesting the boy, but the Swindon Crown Court jury wasn’t buying his claim. He was found guilty of most charges. He was, however, found not-guilty of one charge regarding an accusation made against him that he touched a boy’s rear end.
When found guilty, Davey was placed on the register of sex offenders, and a restraining order was also issued against him in order to protect his victim.
The detective who led the investigation into the abuse of the victim said that he welcomed the sentence. He believed that the prison time to which Davey was sentenced adequately reflected the seriousness of the offenses committed as well as the impact the abuse had on the child victim. In a statement, he called Davey “depraved”.
The detective also commended the young victim for his bravery, and thanked the family. He acknowledged that it must have been difficult for the young boy to recount what was obviously a “distressing time”. He also encouraged all victims of sex abuse to report the crime to law enforcement, promising that there will be an investigation and everything possible will be done to make sure justice is served.
So what happened to Davey? We’ll likely find out eventually. HMP Bullingdon is known for having staff shortages, and three prisoners have killed themselves lately. It is entirely possible that Davey might be a 4th suicide victim. The guilt over the harm he did to a young life might have gotten the better of him, and he might have realized that he’d never be able to truly reintegrate himself into society.
Of course, you may be thinking what I’m thinking. In general, people end up in prison because they’re criminals. Sure, there may be a few innocents behind bars, but let’s be honest here—most people behind bars are guilty of doing something wrong and harming society in some way. Just because someone is a criminal, though, doesn’t mean they don’t have standards and a sense of honor. Even those who are incarcerated because they have taken a life or lives tend to loathe and detest people who make the appalling decision to sexually abuse children—is it possible one of Davey’s fellow prisoners murdered the 22-year-old man because he was a pedophile?
It may be months before we know for sure, and it is possible we’ll never know. One thing for certain: we all earnestly hope that Davey’s young victim is not too scarred by what happened to him and can go on to live a happy, fulfilling life.
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