June 2017

Paedophile who complained is given a LONGER sentence – for wasting appeal court’s time

A paedophile pensioner who raped an underage boy and abused two others has been handed extra time in jail for wasting top judges’ time.

John Stephenson Wright, 68, carefully ‘groomed’ the three youngsters London’s Appeal Court heard.

He showered them with gifts before molesting them.

Wright, of Hornets Close, Balderstone, Rochdale, was jailed for 18 years at Bolton Crown Court in 2012.

Earlier this year Wright was sentenced to a further 18 months in prison for crimes he committed against Darren Kenny, now a policeman, who spoke to the M.E.N. about his childhood ordeal.

At London’s Appeal Court today, Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb heard Wright beg for a cut in his sentence.

But, instead, she threw out his complaints – and took the rare step of ordering him to serve an extra 42 days behind bars.

The judge said: “This was a very careful sentencing exercise, taking into account all relevant matters.

“These offences were committed against three separate vulnerable young men, following lengthy grooming.

“No one sentence was too long, and the judge carefully took into account the issue of totality. This application is refused.”

Sitting with Judge John Wait and Lord Justice Hamblen, the judge said Wright had been warned in advance that his appeal was “unmeritorious”.

Wright was found guilty of three counts of rape, 21 counts of indecent assault, one count of indecency with a child and one count of perverting the course of justice in 2012.

During that hearing it emerged Wright paid one of his victims £2,000 to drop a complaint against him after an initial police investigation was launched in 2004.

July 2012

Man sentenced for historic sexual abuse

A man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for the historic sexual abuse of three boys in Rochdale.

John Wright (born 16/01/1949), of Hornets Close, Balderstone Rochdale has today been sentenced at Bolton Crown Court to 18 years imprisonment. He has been ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life. 

He was found guilty following a four week trial.

From 1997 to 2009 Wright befriend three boys, these boys were aged between 12 and 16 years-old. 

He would systematically abuse them and would buy them things for example cars, motorbikes and supplied them with cigarettes, alcohol and cannabis.

Detective Constable Julianna Barker, from the Public Protection Division, said: “Wright preyed on vulnerable young boys, they thought he was helping them, but instead took advance of their situation to sexually abuse them.

“These men have been incredibly brave by helping us put Wright before the courts and have justice done for them.

“He will now spend a very long time in prison where he belongs and I hope this sentence may be of some small comfort to his victims.

“We take all reports of sexual abuse seriously no matter how old you are or how long ago the crime happened and this should give others the confidence to come forward.”

Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault can contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. GMP has specially trained officers in place to provide a first class response to victims and help support them through the criminal justice process. 

St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester, can also be contacted on            0161 276 6515      . This provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police.

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