Jimmy Savile victim reveals how monster was like a 'kid in a candy store' picking vulnerable schoolgirls to abuse

A TRAUMATISED victim of evil Jimmy Savile has revealed how the monster was like a "kid in a candy store" picking girls to abuse.

Kat Ward was just 14 when she first saw the depraved paedo arrive at Duncroft School in Surrey laden with gifts for her vulnerable peers.

Savile would then take his unwitting victims for lifts in his Rolls Royce before abusing them with his "wandering hands".

His "favourites" from the boarding school for the "emotionally disturbed" would be handed ice cream and allowed to sit in the front of his car.

Others were given the latest chart hits, cigarettes and make up in a sadistic bid to groom them.

Kat has now revealed the level of the BBC star's abuse in the 1970s – including how his celebrity status afforded him free reign to prey on her and her classmates.

She tells Discovery+ show Faking It: Jimmy Savile: "Once he realised what sort of establishment Duncroft was, he was just like a kid in a candy store.

"These girls were vulnerable, these girls were damaged, and he went through girl after girl after girl.”

After Savile's death, in October 2011 aged 84, sickening tales of abuse spanning decades began to emerge.

More than 1,000 people came forward claiming they were abused by the fiend – making him one of Britain worst ever sex offenders.

But during his glittering career on TV, his sick abuse was kept under wraps – allowing him to embark on a reign of terror spanning 50 years.

And his roles as a popular DJ and TV presenter on Top of the Pops and Jim'll Fix It afforded the predator the opportunity to cherrypick his victims.

Kat has described how Savile used his celebrity status to coerce her into performing sickening sex acts on him.

And she revealed the abuse sometimes took place at the BBC Television studios in London moments before he was due to appear on set.

She says: "Quite often he would choose me, I have no idea why.

"At the time, I didn’t see that as any kind of abuse. As far as I was concerned it was reasonable payment for what he was offering, because my mindset was that of a damaged individual.

"He had a curtained area off on one side, he said that is where he got changed. He tended to ask you to come and sit on his knee."

Savile raised an estimated £40 million for charities during his career and was knighted in 1990.

The arrogant paedo would bully his victims into staying quiet – telling them no one would believe them over him as he was "world famous".

He also branded Kat and a second victim "little s***s" when his chilling web of abuse was almost exposed by the brave pair.

Disgusted Kat has recalled watching the fiend as he received his knighthood, which was later stripped after his depravity was revealed.

She says: "I was absolutely steaming livid. I can remember those pictures so vividly on the telly and how smug he was.

"I thought ‘my God, he’s even taken in the Royal Family and the Queen.

"But I’d see him be trumpeted as this wonderful person, this fundraiser, this selfless saint: Saint Jimmy.

"That’s not really who he is. He’s a pervert, is what he is.”

In 2012, Savile was first exposed as a paedophile and Operation Yewtree was launched after a fresh flood of allegations were made.

The following year, a joint Scotland Yard and NSPCC report branded him one of the UK’s most prolific known sexual predators.

At one point, police were pursuing 400 lines of inquiry based on testimony from 200 witnesses.

Gabrielle Shaw, CEO of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, says: “They recorded 214 crimes against Savile, and these included over 124 indecent assaults and up to 32 rape or penetration offences.

“I think you can comfortably multiply that by a factor of ten because many people we know will not come forward.

"So, you get a picture of a sexual predator who operated over a number of decades.”

Tormented victims forced to stay silent for decades told how Savile raped or molested them in his BBC dressing room.

They also told how they were abused when the once-revered entertainer visited schools, children’s homes and hospitals under the cover of his prolific charity work.

Speaking about the investigation, Forensic Psychologist Kerry Daynes says: "It was when the penny finally dropped that sex offenders don’t meet this nice, neat stereotype that we think they meet.

"They’re not all strange loners, they can be people who are successful, powerful, well-loved.

“He got away with it because as well as being an abuser he was also entertaining to watch on TV and he did good work for charity. He was able to charm people.”

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