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Paedophile Jailed for 18 Years for Sexual Abuse

A man has been jailed for eighteen years after he pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse of two young girls over a five year period.

Sexual abuse – guilty plea

Dean Manning, of Congleton in Cheshire, pleaded guilty to 20 charges relating to sexual exploitation and ill-treatment at Cambridge Crown Court yesterday.

The 49 year old pleaded guilty to 12 counts relating to the rape, attempted rape and other sexual abuse of the two children. He also admitted six counts of inciting children to engage in sexual activity, and a further two counts of causing unnecessary suffering through ill-treatment.

Sentencing

Manning was handed 20 concurrent jail terms of at least four years each of his crimes. He was given a 26 year sentence, with an additional eight years on license as well as the eighteen year jail term. The paedophile will have to serve at least twelve years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

Judge David Farrell QC, also ordered Manning to sign the sex offenders register for life, and he was made subject to a life-long sexual harm prevention order restricting his internet usage. Furthermore, Manning had to pay a victim surcharge.

Praising the victims’ bravery in coming forward, DI Lynda Coates, from the joint child protection investigation team, said:

“This sentence reflects the seriousness of Manning’s crimes and the devastating impact his actions have had on his victims.

“His abuse of young girls spanned over a number of years, and his victims have been incredibly brave in coming forward and speaking to police.

“I believe Manning still represents a significant risk to girls so I welcome the lengthy sentence that he has been given, which will protect the public from further harm.

“If you have been a victim of sexual abuse, we have dedicated specialist officers who can support you and I would urge you to make contact with police.”

Sexual assault & abuse compensation claims – expert advice

If you have been affected by any instance of physical sexual assault or abuse or by any instance of non-physical sexual abuse, contact us today. We offer expert advice on sexual abuse claims, and we guarantee your confidentiality at all times. For further information, and to discover how we could help you, begin a conversation with our experienced and friendly team. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: The Comet

Fred Talbot Jailed for Historic Sex Offences

Former TV weatherman Fred Talbot has been jailed for a total of four years for historic sex offences.

Historic sex offences

The 67 year old was a biology teacher at a Manchester school at the time of the offences. Talbot sexually assaulted the boys on various camping trips to Scotland. The attacks took place in two different locations – one near Moffat in southern Scotland, and one on the Caledonian Canal in Inverness. The offences took place between 1978 and 1981 and were against boys aged fifteen to seventeen.

Trial

During his trial, the court heard from a number of witnesses – all men now in their 50s – who spoke of how Talbot abused his position of trust.

One man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said he was sexually assaulted after a trip to a pub had left him ‘very much worse for wear’. Another victim told the court he was sexually assaulted by Talbot on an excursion to the Caledonian Canal in 1979. He described the attack as having left him ‘petrified’.

Ian Brown, 54, former front man of Manchester band the Stone Roses, also gave evidence at the trial. Although not a victim of Talbot himself, he told the court how he would never forget how Talbot had invited one of his young friends to sleep in his tent on a school camping trip.

Sentencing

Sentencing Talbot at Lanark Sheriff Court, Sheriff Nikola Stewart told the former ITV presenter he had taken advantage of the innocence of his victims.

Talbot was jailed for a total of four years after being charged with seven historic sex offences. His sentence will commence on 14 August, after he has finished serving a previous five-year jail term for the indecent assault of two 14-year-old boys.

Sexual assault & abuse compensation claims – expert advice

If you have been affected by any instance of physical sexual assault or abuse or by any instance of non-physical sexual abuse, contact us today. We offer expert advice on sexual abuse claims, and we guarantee your confidentiality at all times. For further information, and to discover how we could help you, begin a conversation with our experienced and friendly team. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: BBC News

Two Men Jailed for Sexual Assault & Rape of Student

Two men have recently been jailed for the rape and sexual assault of a 19 year old student in Birmingham.

Incident

Zaheer Abbas, 30, and Sajad Hussain, 35 abducted and then raped the woman after she had been kicked out of the Snobs nightclub in Birmingham city centre.

Birmingham Crown Court heard how the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been ejected from the club by bouncers after being so intoxicated that she collapsed inside the venue. Abbas and Hussain saw her in a drunken state and proceeded to lure her into a transit van. The men then drove the student to an industrial estate in the Nechells area were she was sexually assaulted and raped in an hour long attack. After the assault, they drove the victim back to her student accommodation.

Sentencing

Both men denied any wrong doing, however two separate juries found both guilty of their respected offences. Mrs Justice Mary Stacey handed Abbas an 11 year custodial sentence for rape in December 2015, while Hussain received a total of 6 years for sexual assault this week.

Sentencing the pair, Judge Stacey said:

‘What you both did to her had devastating consequences.

‘After achieving her goal of getting into a top university because of your actions she dropped out.

‘She no longer goes out on her own and feels wary and fearful. She was clearly abducted, she had to be held up and was unable to walk unaided.

‘She was totally incapable. Abbas, you took her virginity from her which can never be reclaimed, you took her innocence and ruined her time in Birmingham.

‘Both of you have shown no remorse and have cynically attempted to portray her as a sexual predator when the exact opposite was true.’

She added:

‘This was a deeply distressing case. The distress on the face of the jurors was all too evident and understandable.’

Night club criticised

Judge Stacey also criticised the management of Snobs, one of Britain’s oldest nightclubs, as well as the venue’s cheap drinks promotions. Accusing the nightclub of acting ‘irresponsibly towards their customers’, Judge Stacey said:

‘Something needs to be said about Snobs nightclub.

‘We have heard how the establishment carries on serving drinks to students who have had far more than enough to drink.

‘Then they fail to take responsibility for the students, they removed (her) after she collapsed inside.
‘Snobs abandoned her on the street where she was prey to the likes of Abbas and Hussain.

‘The security officer is not personally to blame, it was a failure of Snobs itself to fail to put procedures in place, for example by arranging taxis to take them (students) home.

‘The disregard for customers allowed for the circumstances for this crime to occur.’

Sexual Abuse Claims – Expert Advice

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Source: Mail Online

Sir Cliff Richard – Historical Sex Assault Claims

It has emerged that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has recently received a file of evidence regarding Sir Cliff Richard and allegations of historical sexual assault.

Potential Criminal Charges

The CPS has stated that upon evaluation of the evidence, it will now decide as to whether or not criminal charges will be brought against the popular singer.

The evidence relates to claims involving the sexual assault of a young boy in the 1980s, which Sir Cliff denies.

Previous Police Interviews & Raid

The 75 year old has already been interviewed by police twice over the past couple of years with regards to the allegations, but has not once been arrested.

In August 2014, police raided Sir Cliff’s home in Sunningdale, Berkshire – after which he voluntarily attended an interview to assist with their investigations. Then in 2015, he again voluntarily attended a further interview in November.

A CPS spokesman said:

“We have received a full file of evidence from South Yorkshire Police.

“We will now carefully consider its contents in line with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, in order to establish whether there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction, and whether it is in the public interest to do so.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said:

“Investigation files relating to allegations of non-recent sexual abuse involving a 75-year-old man have been handed over to the CPS.

“The CPS will now consider the matter and South Yorkshire Police awaits their decision.”

Sexual Abuse Claims – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

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Source: BBC News

Man Receives Police Caution after Uploading Explicit Images

A man who posted explicit images of his ex-girlfriends and other women on an American based pornography website has been let off with a caution.

Explicit Images Shared Online

Olly Whiting, 36, of Eastbourne, East Sussex, posted pictures of Charlotte White, an ex-girlfriend, online with a message encouraging those viewing the site to rape her because she ‘deserves it’. When posting the photos of White, Whiting added the caption: ‘100 to rape her … 20 to make her miscarry’, knowing that the 23 year old had previously suffered multiple miscarriages.

He also posted pictures of a 15 year old girl and also his sister, Charley Hough – now 21, wearing a school uniform at sixteen, asking people how much they would pay to rape her.

Images of a former colleague of Whiting, Nikki Elliot, also appeared on the site, including one image of her holding her young child, and were greeted with a barrage of explicit messages from various men.

Arrest & Police Caution

The four victims came forward & made complaints to police, after which Whiting was arrested. Following his arrest, police contacted the site’s owners and requested that the pictures, taken from the women’s’ personal Facebook accounts, be removed.

However, officers made the decision not to prosecute Whiting after he admitted to the offences and expressed remorse for his actions. Instead he was handed a caution for three counts of sending offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing messages and one count of revenge porn.

Caution Amounts to ‘slap on the wrist’

Whiting’s victims have now publically voiced their concern over the lack of a custodial sentence, likening the caution he received to a ‘slap on the wrist’. They have also accused police of not taking their complaints seriously.

His sister Charley has said that she is ‘honestly disgusted with the police’, she added:

‘Just the thought of Olly still walking around people having indecent thoughts makes me sick. I never want to see him again. He is evil.’

While his ex-girlfriend, Charlotte, who is also unsatisfied with Whiting’s punishment, said:

‘What Olly did makes me feel sick and violated.

‘They told me it doesn’t count as harassment because it wasn’t done directly to me, just through a website, but it still hurts.’

Whiting’s former colleague Nikki added:

‘It’s outrageous they let him go. He needs to be sectioned because he’s mentally disturbed.’

Response from Sussex Police

Inspector Rachel Barrow, from Sussex Police, said her force chose to issue Whiting with a caution due to his ‘remorse, the nature of the offences, and the likelihood of the caution being effective in preventing re-offending’.

Sexual Abuse Claims – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk

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Source: Mail Online

7 Month Delay in Alerting Public of Missing Sex Offender

Several police forces have recently come under fire for only now making public the fact that a man arrested for sex offences has skipped bail twice and is currently at large.

Police arrested 35 year old Michael Phillip Leaberry, of Ipswich, Suffolk, for child sex abuse offenses last year. However, he has not been seen since he skipped bail in September.

Police have only recently made it known to the public that Leaberry is a threat to children and that he is classed as missing.

Timeline of Events

• In September 2015 Leaberry skipped bail – he was due to attend a meeting in Flintshire, North Wales.
• Suffolk police described him as a missing person at the time.
• Leaberry was later found in Chelmsford, Essex living under the false name of Stephen Bugman.
• Leaberry skipped bail for the second time and has not been seen since.
• Another missing person search launched in November 2015 by police.
• The force has now admitted (May 2016) that they are yet to find him.

Demand for answers

An Ipswich MP is now demanding answers as to why it has taken so long for the police to alert locals of the threat this potential sex offender poses to the public. Mr Ben Gummer said:

‘There is clearly a considerable worry here. I will be seeking assurances from the chief constable that everything was done to inform the public in a legal and ethical way.’

Adding:

‘This is a very concerning case. It raises important issues that exist between keeping the public safe and ensuring a fair trial in the future – and also not impugning someone’s reputation who has not yet been convicted.

‘I think all of us, given the events of the last few months where accusations have been made that have proved to be false, need to be mindful of that.’

Leaberry has lived in numerous parts of the UK over the last few years, including North Wales, Cheshire, Norwich, Essex and Suffolk.

North Wales Police

Police have said that the delay in making this information public stemmed from the fact that they didn’t want to ‘undermine criminal proceedings’. A spokesperson for North Wales Police said:

‘Since Michael Leaberry has been missing, North Wales Police in conjunction with Suffolk Police have pursued all lines of enquiry to try and trace his whereabouts and safeguard the public.

‘These enquiries have continued since Michael Leaberry failed to answer bail.

‘Due to those enquiries proving negative, and after careful consideration that we do not undermine any subsequent criminal proceedings, we took the decision to release his full details and seek the support of the public.’

The force is now appealing for information and released the following statement this week:

‘North Wales Police are appealing for information to trace Michael Philip Leaberry, 35, who is wanted in connection with child sex offences in Flintshire.’

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Williams added:

‘I would also appeal to Mr Leaberry directly to come forward. Due to the nature of the [alleged] offences he is considered to present a risk of harm to children.’

Meanwhile, child protection charity the NSPCC has expressed concern over the situation. A spokesperson added:

‘The police often have to make complex operational decisions about whether to make a public appeal for information based on the intelligence they have about a suspect.

‘However, we’d expect serious consideration be given to alerting parents, schools and the wider community at the earliest possible opportunity when someone is thought to pose a risk to children.’

Sexual Abuse – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk.

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Source: Mail Online

Man Found Guilty of Sexual Assault

A 24 year old man has been found guilty of sexual assault after he groped a woman in the South Lakeland area of Cumbria last summer.

Enrico Annunziata was trialled at Carlisle Crown Court this week after he denied the sexual assault charge brought against him. Following a two day hearing in which the female victim gave evidence, jury members found Annunziata guilty of the offence.

During the trail, it was revealed that the offender had previously appeared at the same court charged with a separate sexual assault charge after an incident in 2014 with a different woman.

After hearing the jury’s guilty verdict, Judge Tony Lancaster ordered the probation service to complete a background check on Annunziata, who is due to be sentenced for both offences next month. Annunziata has been remanded on bail in the meantime and has been ordered to sign the sex offender’s register.

Sexual Assault Claims – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual assault and abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner.

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk.

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Source: Cumbria Crack

Teenager Avoids Jail for Stabbing Man Who Abused Her

A judge has refused to jail a teenage girl for stabbing a 56 year old man, because he sexually assaulted her when he was just eight years old.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC claimed it would be a disgrace to hand the child a custodial sentence, despite the girl stabbing the man in front of his own children. The judge also refused to charge the teenager with the mandatory victim surcharge, adding:

‘If anyone tries to force you, I will pay it myself.’

‘It would be a disgrace to send a survivor like you to prison.’

Attack

Bradford Crown Court heard how the girl went to the man’s house in November last year and stabbed him near his heart, severing a major artery, telling him:

‘I’m going to kill you.’

Afterwards she hugged her aunt, who was also at the property and said ‘Tell my mum I love her’, before handing herself into Trafalgar House police station. When she arrived at the station she told officers:

‘I’ve killed someone.’

The man was saved by the fast action of paramedics at the scene of the attack and later by surgeons at hospital. He required a blood transfusion and was kept in intensive care.

Let down by justice system

The court heard that the girl’s actions were due to the fact that she felt severely let down by the justice system. When the teenager (who cannot be named for legal reasons) was eight, she was sexually assaulted by the man (who also can’t be named for legal reasons). However, he was not jailed for the offence, instead he was handed a community order.

Originally the girl was charged with attempted murder; however the Crown accepted her guilty plea of causing grievous harm with intent.

According to the prosecution, the teenager was ‘entirely destroyed’ when her abuser was not handed a custodial sentence for his offences. Due to his denial the girl was forced to provide evidence in court and later she became paranoid that he would come after her. The court also heard how the girl was eventually excluded from school for poor behaviour.

Elyas Patel, mitigating, said:

‘Rightly or wrongly, this 15-year-old felt that the justice system had let her down.

‘With Your Honour at the wheel, the justice system will not fail her today.’

He added:

‘She was left deeply troubled and scarred. She acted in a few moments of despair and desperation.

‘This is an exceptional case which requires an exceptional course.

‘This deeply troubled and damaged child, bedevilled by low self-esteem, is crying out for help.’

Judge Durham Hall sentenced the girl to a two year Youth Rehabilitation Order with supervision, telling her:

‘You stabbed him in the region of his heart,

‘Mercifully, you did not kill him.

‘He was saved by excellent medical intervention and has made a pretty full recovery.’

The judge continued:

‘Why did you stab this man? Because when you were eight in 2009 he committed serious sexual offences against you.

‘He was treated by the courts, with hindsight, somewhat leniently but things have changed. Now there is condign punishment in cases of this nature, in accordance with the guidelines.’

Sexual Abuse – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk.

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Source: Daily Mail

Ched Evans Wins Appeal against Rape Conviction

Former Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans has won an appeal against his conviction for rape and now faces a retrial.

2012 Conviction

In 2012 Evans was found guilty of raping a 19 year old woman at a hotel in Rhyl, North Wales. The 27 year old was released from jail two and a half years later.

The ex-Welsh international admitted having sex with the woman, however he has always maintained his innocence, claiming the encounter was consensual.

Following a ten month investigation by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), responsible for investigating possible miscarriages of justice, it was revealed in October 2015 that new evidence had surfaced. Following the announcement of the new evidence, which the CCRC said ‘raises a real possibility the Court of Appeal may now quash the conviction’, Evans’ case was referred to the Court of Appeal.

Retrial

Lady Justice Hallet today announced that Evans’ conviction had been quashed, however he now faces a new trial and the case will be sent back to a Crown Court.

According to the judge, she and her fellow judges heard ‘fresh evidence’ during the appeal hearing last month. Lady Justice Hallet said:

‘In summary, we have concluded that we must allow the appeal and that it is in the interests of justice to order a retrial.’

She added:

‘The appellant will be retried on the allegation of rape.’

Details of the grounds of appeal cannot be reported for legal reasons.

Sexual Abuse – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk.

You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

Source: Guardian; Daily Mail; Daily Mail

Man Jailed after Filming Sex Attacks on Woman

A 27 year old man has been jailed after he filmed himself raping a woman at a friend’s house just hours after they met in a night club in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Attacks

Matthew Fellows filmed two attacks on his mobile phone after taking the 26 year old woman back to a friend’s house on 21 September 2012. The clips, which show the victim pleading for him to stop, were shown to police officers – by Fellows – in an attempt to prove his innocence.

Roger Brown, prosecuting, told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court:

‘He tried to kiss her. He tried to force himself on her. He put his whole body weight on top of her.

‘He pulled down her trousers and asked her to perform a sex act on him. She said, “No”, and she was not like that. He said, “Yes you are, you are all sl*gs, just do it”.

‘She tried to push him off. He told her over and over that she must do as she has been told. She was scared and went along with what he was saying.’

Mr Brown said that the woman managed to escape Fellows and attempted to alert others at the house. However, Fellows followed her, taking hold of her legs and pulling her back into the room where he proceeded to record them having intercourse and his victim performing a sex act on him.

Mr Brown added:

‘He asked if she liked it. She said, “Yes”. She only said that because she was scared. As soon as she thought he had gone to sleep she left.’

Arrest & Sentencing

Following the attacks, the victim fled to a nearby shop where she asked staff to call the police. Fellows was arrested by officers not long after.

Judge Paul Glenn told the offender:

‘You recorded what happened on your phone and that is a significant aggravating factor.

‘It is plain having seen the transcript that she was saying, “I have not done anything to hurt you”, and she repeatedly asks you why you are doing what you are doing. It is pitiful.

‘The victim was falling over drunk and you knew that. The complainant was drunk. She had fallen over three times during the evening. You tried to kiss her and then forced yourself upon her.

‘She made it plain she was not interested but you would not take no for an answer. She resisted and scratched your neck. She shouted her friend but to no avail.

‘You were calling her a slag. Eventually, in fear, she submitted to your demands. And you recorded it on your phone. You continue to abuse alcohol and cocaine. This was a sustained incident. The victim was vulnerable.’

In his defense, Joanne Wallbanks said that Fellows had a good work ethic. However, she added that he had previously suffered a breakdown and had self-harmed, as well as having struggled with cocaine and alcohol in the past.

After admitting two counts of rape, Fellows was jailed for nine years and put on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely. Judge Glenn also banned him from taking part in numerous activities with children and vulnerable adults.

Sexual Abuse – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk.

You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

Source: Daily Mail