June 2016

Paedophile sentenced to 16-years


A woman of who was molested by a dangerous paedophile says she fears he may have abused other young girls.

Thomas Harrison, 55, of Moss Lane, Orrell Park, was jailed for 16 years today after being found guilty of abusing the woman, when she was aged between nine and 13, in the 1990s.

The supermarket security guard was found guilty of 11 counts of indecent assault following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons said she wanted him to be “named and shamed”.

She said: “He has been going round telling everybody he was going to jail for GBH and I feel he should be outed for what he really is.

“I don’t think I was the first and I don’t think I would have been the last. If there are other victims I hope they come forward.”

Harrison abused the girl at addresses in the Wirral area, when he was in his early 30s.

He threatened that if she reported the abuse, he would say she was to blame and she would get in trouble.

The woman said: “His demands just got more and more sick and I had enough. I went when I was 14 to the CPS, but they didn’t proceed with it.

“When I was in my mid-20s I decided I wanted to report it again, because I had heard about cases being reopened.

“First I went through counselling, because I wanted to be strong enough to go through with it.”

Unrepentant Harrison denied any wrongdoing and forced her to endure a trial in which she had to give evidence and be cross-examined from behind a curtain.

She said: “I couldn’t see him and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

“It was more the thought of going in there that was scary. I had been suffering with tension headaches and I was shaking.”

She said she has received group and cognitive behavioural therapy as a result of her ordeal, is still on medication for depression and anxiety and has struggled to form relationships with men.

Harrison was handed an extended two years on licence and told to sign on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.

This type of sentence means he will serve at least two thirds of the term – 10 years and eight months – behind bars.

The woman said she was “very surprised” that he received such a lengthy sentence.

She said: “I was in bits because I was convinced he was going to get away with it.

“It was just the guilty verdict I wanted. I did want him to be punished of course, but it wasn’t really the amount of sentence, it was that he got a deserving punishment.

“He is still denying it. I don’t really feel anything towards him now, it’s not even hatred. He is pathetic really – he looked pathetic and he acted pathetic.”