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A sex attacker who abused young girls when he was a police officer and who became one of Britain's oldest prisoners when jailed has died after a fall in prison aged 93.
James Glendenning, then 88, from Reddish, Greater Manchester, was jailed for 23 years in 2018 for abusing girls in the 1970s in crimes a judge described as 'utterly depraved and utterly wicked' abuse.
One of his victims described screaming in pain when Glendenning, who had a 17-year career with West Midlands Police, attacked her and another of being threatened into silence by her abuser who vowed to beat her with a cane. .
Crown Court judge David Stockdale, sitting at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court, told the defendant in November 2018 he didn't have to stand in the dock because of his physical condition.
Glendenning (pictured outside court in 2018) 'betrayed' the girls' trust, the judge said, describing the pensioner's crimes as 'utterly degrading'
He had used a Zimmer frame throughout the trial.
One of his victims wept as he handed down his sentence, after he was found guilty of one charge of rape, 10 counts of indecent assault, and four counts of indecency with a child.
He told Glendenning, who denied all the charges against him: 'You committed grave offences of sexual assault, at a time when they were young girls.
'Your offences were utterly depraved and utterly wicked.'
Glendenning 'betrayed' the girls' trust, the judge continued, describing the pensioner's crimes as 'utterly degrading'.
The judge added: 'The girls submitted to you because they had no choice.
'You now bring disgrace to your former profession as a serving police officer. It's difficult to imagine a more gross betrayal of trust placed in you by innocent young girls.'
The judge acknowledged at the time of sentencing that Glendenning would spend the rest of his life behind bars.
His prediction has been proved correct after the OAP died on the 29th October after being found unconscious in his cell at Category A HMP Manchester the previous day.
James Glendenning, 88, arrived at court in 2018 using a walking frame
He is believed to have fallen from his cell bed and was found on the floor by prison officers who checked at breakfast time.
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