THE DEVIL INCARNATE
Express & Star: Tuesday November 9. 1982
Four jailed for web of sex corruption.
A judge today jailed two couples after hearing how they
indulged themselves in devil worship and a "web of sexual
corruption" with young children.
One of the men believed he was the devil incarnate and
found handmaidens in his former Salvation Army wife and sister-in-
law, Northampton Crown Court was told.
Mr Justice Drake said he was "revolted. Disgusted and
horrified" by their sexual behaviour, and said both men had let
themselves be ruled by "unbridled and perverted lust."
Malcolm and Susan Smith of Southgate Sutton Hill Telford,
and Albert and Carole Hickman of Chockleys Meadow Leegomery
Telford, all pleaded guilty to a series of serious sexual offences
against young children.
Mr Desmond Fennell, prosecuting, said the satanic sex ring
was formed after Malcolm Smith became involved with Mrs Hickman.
Smith believed he was the devil and enlisted both 32 year old Mrs
Hickman and his 23 year old wife as his handmaidens.
Smith was jailed for 14 years. Hickman for ten years.
Carole Hickman for five years, and Susan for two years.
Mr Fennell said 28 year old Smith Believed he had the
right to sex with any girl he chose, and of any age, and
encouraged the women to bring younger girls within the ring.
One 15 year old girl who was brought in became so
convinced he was Satan that she allowed him to brand her with a
hot dagger, he said.
Albert Hickman, aged 34, was said t have stayed apart from
the devil worship be became "an enthusiastic and willing"
participant in sexual acts with children.
Mr Fennell said Hickman was a man "of heightened sexual
appetites." and hard-core pornographic books were found at his
Mrs Hickman deluded herself that she had the power of a
witch and gathered together the various trappings of devil
worship. She conducted a satanic wedding for her sister and
brother-in-law after which Mrs Smith became a novice in devil
Malcolm Smith had admitted unlawful sexual intercourse
with a girl under 16, committing an indecent act on her, and
causing her grievous bodily harm. His wife pleaded guilty to
aiding and abetting him on each occasion. They also both admitted
two offences of indecent assaults on young girls.
Albert Hickman pleaded guilty to having unlawful sexual
intercourse with a child and attempting unlawful sex. His wife
admitted aiding abetting him.
Hickman also admitted two offences of indecent assault on
young girls and one of committing and indecent act. His wife
pleaded guilty to indecent assault and committing an indecent act.
Mr Justice Drake said he had been told Mrs Smith had since
been converted back to Christianity and was seeking a divorce.