February 2013

Judge jails former Stortford man for string of sex attacks

William McNaughton – Bishop’s Stortford

A sex monster who drugged and sexually abused three young girls during a 12-year reign of perversion and terror was today (Friday, February 8) caged for 18 years.

Lorry driver, William McNaughton, 56, plied the girls with cocaine and ecstasy before a series of offences including rape and indecent assault.

McNaughton, formerly of Bishops Stortford, now of Chapel End, Broxted, was convicted of eight offences committed between 1995 and 2008.

He had been in custody since before Christmas awaiting sentence after being convicted of one offence of rape of a girl aged between eight and 12, three indecent assaults, one offence of sexual activity with a child, two indecency offences, and one assault by penetration.

He had also pleaded guilty to five offences of supplying class A drugs to the girls when they were aged about 10 or 11.

At Chelmsford Crown Court, Judge Karen Walden Smith told him there was a real risk he could offend again. She described him as controlling, perverse and manipulative and said his victims were terrified of him.

She continued: “You enjoyed the risk taking, of abusing these children in situations where you could have been discovered.”

The judge said the girl who was raped alleged that it happened from when she was eight to 12. She was also shown teen porn and gang rapes on the internet.

She jailed McNaughton for 18 years for the rape. He will serve two-thirds and will have to apply to the Parole Board to be released on licence. The judge passed an extended sentence, so he will be on licence for 12 years in total.

He was given concurrent sentences of four years for supplying drugs and five years, three years, 18 months and 14 months for the other sexual abuse charges.

December 2012

Broxted rapist is behind bars after drug crimes

A FORMER Bishop’s Stortford lorry driver, convicted of giving three young girls cocaine and Ecstasy before sexually abusing them faces “a very substantial period” in prison.

William McNaughton, 56, of Chapel End, Broxted, who used to live in Bishop’s Stortford, had denied eight offences alleged to have involved three different girls and stretching back to 1995.

He pleaded not guilty to one rape of a girl when she was just eight-years-old, three indecent assaults, one offence of sexual activity with a child, two indecency offences, and one assault by penetration.

But after a two-week trial at Chelmsford Crown Court the 11-strong jury convicted him by a majority verdict of 10-1 on all charges.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to five offences of supplying class A drugs to the girls.

Judge Karen Walden Smith adjourned sentencing for a month but remanded him in custody.  As she did so she told McNaughton : “You have been found guilty of a number of the most heinous of offences. You know you are going to face a very substantial period of imprisonment.”

She said she had to consider the risk he might abscond.

As McNaughton was escorted away, his sobbing partner rushed into the dock, crying out for a chance to say goodbye. She was stopped but she shouted: “I love you.”

Prosecutor Andrew Jackson said that giving the girls the class A drugs, was “an easy way” for McNaughton, “to indulge his utterly selfish sexual interest”. The hard drugs made all three girls hallucinate and feel ill.

He was also said to have forced one victim to look at teen pornography on websites.

McNaughton moved out of Bishop’s Stortford in 1992. The offences happened in the surrounding Essex area.

The three victims reported their accusations to police in March last year.