April 2015

Rednal man (62) jailed over sexual assault on eight-year-old girl

Raymond Handley

A paedophile and career criminal who had over 90 previous convictions has been jailed for 13 and a half years after sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl.

Twisted Raymond Handley, 62, carried out two indecent assaults on his young victim before subjecting her to a sexual assault.

Birmingham Crown Court heard that his terrified victim was unable to speak about the offences at the time.

It took years for his brave victim to report him to the police.

She has suffered severe psychological damage since.

Even years later, twisted Handley threatened to kill the girl’s mother if she dared to report his perverted crimes.

Handley, of Bristol Road South, Rednal, was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court by Judge Roderick Henderson.

He said: “You made threats and lied that she would not be believed, that everyone would think she was a liar. She was extremely young and can be described as suffering severe psychological harm from what you had done.”

Handley denied his crimes but was convicted earlier this year by a jury at the same court.

Niall Skinner, defending, said his client maintained the offences had not happened and said while he had over 90 previous convictions, none were for sex offences. “He is no stranger to prison because of his criminal record. He is in a bit of a different arena now and he is fearful for the future,” Mr Skinner said.

Handley was jailed for 13-and-a-half years for the sexual assault and five years and seven years, to run concurrent, for the two indecent assaults.

He was also made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for the rest of his life.