Child killer jailed for life again after admitting sex attacks between 1977 and 1996
Child killer John Taylor has been jailed for life again – this time for a series of sex attacks between 1977 and 1996, with the youngest victim aged seven.
Taylor, 62, was already serving life for the murder of schoolgirl Leanne Tiernan in 2000.
He is thought to have stored her body in a freezer for nine months before dumping it in woodland.
He was subsequently linked to several historic sex attacks.
The judge at Leeds Crown Court heard about his “20-year campaign of rape and sexual assaults against children and women, fuelled by a sadistic desire to inflict pain for sexual gratification”.
Taylor, already serving a life sentence, admitted to a string of sickening sex attacks in Leeds in 1970s, 80s and 90s.
Taylor, 62, appeared on video link as prosecutors spent two hours outlining shocking details of his assaults, including one on a terrified seven-year-old girl and another which was witnessed by his pregnant victim’s three small children.
He showed no emotion as Judge Robin Mairs told him there was “no doubt that you must be kept in prison for the rest of your life”.
The first offence happened on 22 December 1977 when the 19-year-old female victim was walking to work.
She was grabbed from behind by Taylor, threatened with a knife and then raped.
Taylor was charged with rape, attempted buggery and possession of an offensive weapon – a knife.
The second victim, who was 27 at the time, was walking in the woods with three young children when, on 23 September 1982 she was approached by Taylor who held a knife to her throat and demanded oral sex.
Taylor was charged with attempted indecent assault and possession of an offensive weapon – a knife.
A seven-year-old girl was Taylor’s third victim.
She was kidnapped and indecently assaulted in January or February 1984.
Taylor, who had a wife and two children, engaged the girl, who had gone out to buy a loaf of bread, by asking her to help him find her lost dog.
He then forced the child to a secluded location, tied her to a drainpipe and performed a sex act before coldly walking her home and fleeing the area.
In July 1987 a 26-year-old woman was cycling to work when she was grabbed and dragged to a footpath by Taylor who had a knife in his hand.
He forced her face into the ground, breaking her nose and then forced her down the footpath at knifepoint and then stabbed her twice before raping her.
Taylor was charged with buggery, possession of an offensive weapon – a knife, actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm.
Judge Robin Mairs said: “This was a 20 year campaign of rape and sexual assault against children and women, fuelled by a sadistic desire to inflict pain for sexual gratification.
“These were vile and sadistic attacks on women and small children marked by ferocity and callousness.
“You sought to maximise the distress you could cause.”
Prosecuting Stephen Wood said: “All these offences demonstrate the defendant’s longstanding violent and sadistic proclivity towards vulnerable women and female children.
“He became evermore emboldened over time before finally committing the murder of Leanne Tiernan.”
Leeds Crown Court heard powerful impact statements from each of Taylor’s victims.
is youngest rape victim, age 19 at the time, said: “When evil touches you there’s no way back to who you were. I died that day.”
Another statement came from a mother who was walking with her three children through woodland when Taylor demanded she perform a sex act at knife point.
She said: “I always felt having looked into his eyes he would go on to commit more crimes.”
Another of the rape victims said: “When I heard about Leanne Tiernan I felt guilty, I wondered what if I had reported sooner what Taylor did to me.
“I knew the Tiernan family and I often think about what she would be doing if she was alive now.”
A woman who was raped by Taylor while making her way to work in the early hours said: “He’s devoid of compassion, exudes evil and respects no one or nothing but his sick gratification.”
Schoolgirl Leanne, 16, had been Christmas shopping in Leeds city centre with her friend on November 26 2000.
She disappeared sparking a huge police search and murder investigation which eventually led to Taylor when the body was discovered on August 21 2001.
Taylor pleaded guilty to her kidnap and murder and received two life sentences.
In April 2003, following a police review of unsolved sexual attacks in the area, Taylor confessed to two separate rapes committed before he murdered Tiernan.
He received a further sentence of life imprisonment.
He has been told he should expect to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Sadist sex killer who murdered Leeds teenager admits more historic rape and violence offences
Child killer John Taylor – the man who abducted and murdered Leeds teenager Leanne Tiernan – has today admitted a series sexual and violent assaults.
Taylor appeared before Leeds Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to 16 offences – included three of rape – committed against victims in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
The 62-year-old is serving a life sentence for murdering schoolgirl Leanne Tiernan in November 2000.
Leanne was grabbed from a woodland path in Bramley then sexually assaulted by Taylor before he killed her at his home.
Taylor then stored the corpse in a freezer at his home in Cockshott Drive, Bramley, as a “trophy”.
Taylor appeared in court via a videolink from Wakefield Prison. He spoke only to confirm his name and enter pleas to the charges as they were put to him by the court clerk.
Taylor pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, two other serious sexual offences, two of possessing an offensive weapon, four of indecent assault, kidnapping, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and unlawful wounding.
Taylor entered guilty pleas to a further count of rape and having an offensive weapon at a hearing on June 6.
The offences relate to attacks on five female victims between December 1977 and August 1996.
They include the rape of a woman in the Armley area of Leeds in 1977.
Taylor also admitted indecently assaulting a woman in Bramley Fall woods and putting a knife to her throat.
He pleaded guilty to kidnapping and indecent assault offences against a victim in Armley in 1984. Taylor entered guilty pleas to a sexual offence and two offences of violence against a woman in Gildersome in 1987.
He further admitted to two rape offences and an indecent assault offence against a victim in Bramley in 1996.
Prosecutor Stephen Wood asked for the case to be adjourned so victim statements can be obtained ahead of sentencing.
Mr Wood said it may be that some of the victims wish to attend court to see Taylor sentenced.
The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Guy Kearl, QC, adjourned the case until Friday October 26.
Leanne Tiernan was just 16-years-old when she was kidnapped and murdered by sadistic sex killer John Taylor nearly 18 years ago.
The exact circumstances of what happened after her death remain a mystery.
Taylor, at the time a 44-year-old divorcee, is believed to have stashed her body in a freezer in his home for nine months before dumping her body in Lindley Woods, near Otley Leanne was walking along an unlit wooded path, Houghley Hill, in Bramley, on the evening of November 26, 2000, when Taylor seized her and forced her back to his home, tying her hands behind her back and blindfolding her.
Leanne’s disappearance sparked one of the largest manhunts in West Yorkshire Police’s history. More than 10,000 homes were visited by officers and 40 drains were searched.
The teenager’s body was not discovered until August of the following year, buried in a shallow grave.
Her hands were tied and a knotted scarf and a plastic cable were wound tightly around her neck. Taylor was said to have kept the body in his freezer after the killing – partly to avoid detection, and partly as a “trophy”.
Taylor admitted the brutal murder of Tiernan at Leeds Crown Court in July 2002.
Detectives continued to investigate Taylor after his conviction for the murder of Leanne and later charged him with two rapes – to which he pleaded guilty.
He carried out those sex attacks in Leeds in 1988 and 1989. A judge ordered Taylor to serve a minimum of 25 years over Leanne’s death at his sentencing in 2002.
The minimum tariff was then upped to 30 years at the Royal Courts of Justice in 2006. The new ruling means it will be 2031 before Taylor can even request his freedom.
Even then, he will only be released if he persuades the Parole Board he poses no further threat to the public. Mr Justice Openshaw took the highly unusual step of increasing Taylor’s tariff due to his later convictions for the two rapes.
He said “This was a planned and sadistic murder of a child, aggravated by the element of abduction and sexual assault. The victim must have suffered terribly. “Even in cases of this gravity, I am required to consider whether credit should be given for a plea of guilty.
“There is no mitigation whatsoever either in the facts of the offence or in Taylor’s personal circumstances. “It is true that he has made some progress in prison but, set against the magnitude of his offending, this – frankly – counts for nothing.”
On the evening of 26 November 2000, Leeds teenager Leanne Tiernan, 16, was on her way home when she disappeared. Studying for her GCSEs, Tiernan had been shopping for Christmas gifts in the city with her friend, Sarah Whitehouse. The girls had shared a bus ride into the suburb of Bramley and parted near Whitehouse’s home. Tiernan then continued alone towards her own home but never arrived