June 2016

Paedophile who abused two young girls faces lengthy jail sentence

A paedophile who molested two young girls was today told he faces a lengthy prison sentence.

Liverpool crown court heard Anthony Westhead, 57, of Thirlmere Road, Everton , abused his victims in Norris Green in the 1990s.

He admitted seven counts of indecent assault in relation to one victim, but was found not guilty of raping her after a trial.

Charlotte Kenny, prosecuting, said he admitted one count of indecent assault in relation to the second girl.

The court heard how the two victims met up around eight years ago and realised they had both been abused by Westhead.

The first girl made a victim personal statement in which she said the ordeal led to her trying to take her own life.

She said: “The acts against me made me feel suicidal, as if I had no-one or anywhere to turn to.”

The court heard the girl started self-harming and was hospitalised after taking an overdose of pills.

She struggled in school, failed to pass exams, found it difficult to have relationships with other men and suffered panic attacks.

The woman said: “I’ve never been able to have a bond where trust is concerned. I don’t feel like I’m normal like everybody else.

“At times I feel like my life is out of control. I’m unable to get these things out of my head.”

Ms Kenny said Westhead had a previous conviction for rape dating back to 1980, for which he received three years in prison.

The prosecutor said: “He said one night he required some money and intended to steal a handbag from a lady in the street.

“In the process of doing that he went on to rape her. It would appear to be what is commonly called stranger rape.”

The paedophile, balding with glasses and wearing a grey zip-up top in the dock, sat with his head bowed.

Judge David Aubrey, QC, said Westhead’s offending was aggravated by his previous conviction.

He said: “This is not a sentence quite frankly in single figures.”

The judge adjourned sentencing until July 28 and remanded Westhead in custody.