Life sentence for ‘horrific’ Rotherham child abuser and trafficker - as brother gets 12 years

Eduard Peticky
Eduard Peticky

A ‘horrific’ Rotherham abuser who trafficked a five-year-old girl for sex and assaulted her himself has been given a life sentence in jail.

Eduard Peticky, who is originally from Slovakia, also sexually abused a boy when the child was aged between three and five years old.

Ludovit Peticky

Ludovit Peticky

He was sentenced to life in prison at Sheffield Crown Court this afternoon.

His brother Ludovit Peticky was also jailed for 12 years for offences against the same two children and a third victim, who was between 10 and 11.

The pair were convicted of a string of sexual offences involving three children following a four-day-trial last year.

Sentencing was delayed in the case due to getting hold of details of the pair’s previous convictions in Slovakia.

The court heard today the Eduard Peticky had a previous conviction for rape in 1988, as well as convictions for sexual abuse and robberies.

Judge Peter Kelson QC said Eduard Peticky ‘poses a significant risk to members of the public’ and his case was ‘one of the utmost gravity’.

He sentenced him to a life sentence, and he cannot be considered for parole for at least 10 years.

Peticky, 48, of Josephine Road, Rotherham, was convicted of four offences last year - trafficking for sexual exploitation, a sexual assault on a child under 13, engaging in sexual activity with a child and causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

The court heard that on one occasion, Peticky took a young girl, who told the court she was five when the incident happened, to a man’s house where the person attempted to have sex with her, causing the girl to wet herself and vomit in fear.

Peticky then sexually assaulted the child himself before forcing her to watch him and the other man have sex with each other in front of her.

Judge Kelson said: “This was a truly horrifying incident.

“It is as depraved as depraved could be. It is nothing short of horrific.”

Ludovit Peticky, 45 and now of Legrams Lane, Bradford, but who had lived in Rotherham at the time of the offences, was convicted last year of five counts of sexual assault of a child under 13 and a further count of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

The court heard Ludovit has a mental age of about 10 after having previously been injured in a car accident.

Judge Kelson said his offences against three young children had been ‘serious in the extreme’.

The offences took place between 2010 and 2012 in the Eastwood area of Rotherham.

In September 2013, the victims disclosed what had happened to them to a trusted adult and an investigation began.

Investigating Officer Detective Constable Ian Hampshire said: “These young children suffered horrific abuse at the hands of these brothers over a prolonged period of time.

“The harm that they caused will stay with them forever.

“I am pleased the young victims found the courage to tell someone what had happened to them so that we could take swift action against the men and bring them to justice.

“I hope the young victims can now try to move on with their lives and put this dreadful ordeal behind them.

“I hope this will encourage other victims of abuse to come forward if they feel able to and report what has happened to them in the knowledge they will be listened to and we will investigate thoroughly.”

A Home Office spokesperson said: “Foreign criminals have no place in the United Kingdom and this Government is using all the resources available to protect the British public. In the last five years, we have strengthened the UK’s ability to request and obtain criminal records data from other countries about foreign nationals who are arrested in the UK.

“Since 2010, checks on foreign nationals going through the UK criminal justice system have increased by more than 1,000 per cent, helping ensure more foreign criminals are taken off our streets and making our communities safer.

“The Government is also providing leadership in Europe, and across the world, on efforts to improve the proactive sharing of information between countries about foreign offenders.”

*Full report and reaction in tomorrow’s Star.


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