A 98-year-old paedophile who was one of Britain's oldest prisoners has died of coronavirus just before his 99th birthday on Christmas Day.
Christopher Stowe was sentenced to six years behind bars for abusing a girl aged between three and five in the 1970s.
He was imprisoned in 2019 after Stowe’s victim came forward and said the attack had ruined her childhood.
She also said Stowe had made her feel worthless and dirty as a child, and despite the offence occurring over 40 years ago he was jailed.
During sentencing in April, Judge Sarah Buckingham said it was likely any sentence imposed upon Stowe would result in him dying in prison.
Judge Buckingham said: "He is plainly not the same man who committed these serious offences over 40 years ago. His expressions of shame, remorse and contrition are genuine.
"This is a physically and mentally frail man. Prison would bear down on him much harder than on other inmates."
She added: "He would be vulnerable to bullying, and it would bring down his already short life expectancy.
"It's likely any sentence of any length would mean his death in prison."
Despite this, Judge Buckingham jailed Stowe, telling him: "Of course I have had regard to your extremely mature age, and that there is a very real prospect you will end your days in custody."
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On December 9, Judge Buckingham's prediction came true after Stowe tested positive for coronavirus.
Stowe suffered heart failure in 2017, had poor eyesight and had been referred to a specialist because of suspected skin cancer.
Earlier this month, Stowe was moved from his cell at HMP Birmingham to St Mary's Hospice in Selly Park in the city.
An inquest into Stowe's death was opened and adjourned in Birmingham on Monday 21 December until the New Year.
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