It is a tragic story of a man convicted of horrific crimes against his own children and found guilty of raping another child. On Thursday, Andrew Hadwin, 39, was found dead in his cell in the United Kingdom while awaiting sentencing. In this blog post, we will explore the disturbing details of Hadwin’s past crimes and the heartbreaking effects of his actions on his victims.
Andrew Hadwin was convicted of three counts of rape, seven counts of neglect, and one count of perverting the course of justice. He was being held in HM Prison Durham, which is located near the east coast of England, ahead of his sentencing on April 28. The counts of rape stemmed from Hadwin’s past crimes against a different girl, who Detective Constable Kat Pudney said was “now a young woman.”
Hadwin and his wife, Cheryl Pickles, 35, were convicted in January. Pickles was found guilty on five counts of child cruelty and one count of perverting the course of justice. Both were charged but ultimately found not guilty of sexual activity with a child.
The Durham Constabulary began investigating the couple when “when one of the children confided in a trusted adult” in 2018. Gazette Live described the myriad of ways in which the couple was accused of abusing their children: During the inquiry, which spanned four years and involved more than 150 witnesses, detectives found that Hadwin and Pickles repeatedly abused the children by making them eat soap, locking them in cupboards, forcing them into boiling hot showers and baths – sometimes submerging their heads under the water – and withdrawing their access to food. The children would often have to scavenge for scraps to eat, and on one occasion were found at 4am walking alone to a supermarket four miles away to try to find food. During the trial, the court heard from medical experts who described how the children regularly suffered painful injuries, with one child left with life-limiting injuries as a result of the abuse.
Detective Constable Kat Pudney described the case as “complex and distressing” like none she had ever “encountered during [her] time as a police officer.” She added that the children had sustained “psychological wounds which they may never truly recover from.” While authorities haven’t released details regarding the cause of Hadwin’s death, the outlet quotes a prison spokesman as promising that the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman would conduct an investigation.
This blog post has explored the disturbing story of Andrew Hadwin, a man convicted of horrific crimes against his own children and found guilty of raping another child. It has been a tragic reminder of the devastating effects of child abuse and neglect and the importance of holding perpetrators accountable for their actions.