June 2016

Man jailed for 14 years for sexual abuse


A man convicted of ten offences of sexually abusing a girl has been jailed for a total of 14 years.

Durham Crown Court heard that many were specimen charges, reflecting a more prolific course of conduct by 62-year-old Terrance Wooley.

The victim subsequently spoke up about the abuse, reporting what took place in her youth to police, but twice chose not to proceed with her initial complaint.

It was only after making a third approach to police, in 2014, that she felt able to take part in the investigation process through to subsequent court proceedings.

Shaun Dodds, prosecuting, said it resulted in Wooley, of Eggleston Walk, St Helen Auckland, County Durham, facing the ten count indictment, which he denied, claiming the incidents did not happen, although he could not think why the victim would make such allegations.

But, after a four-day trial, a jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts on all ten charges, four of indecent assault against a child and six of indecency with a child.

When Wooley was brought back into court for sentencing the judge said he had gone beyond the guidelines in some cases, due to the repeat nature of the offending.

He also made Wooley subject of registration as a sex offender for life and passed an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

A restraining order was also put in place preventing the defendant from trying to contact the victim, also for life.