July 2016

‘Cunning’ and ‘manipulative’ child sex abuser jailed for life


A “CUNNING” and “manipulative child sex abuser has been jailed for life.

Marcus Hannon will be in jail for a minimum of 10 years for “systematic” abuse of four young girls – the youngest of which was 13.

He targeted the victims for years, two separate trials earlier this year heard.

The 35-year-old and two others took the child to the Isle of Wight and forced her into a sex game which lasted several days, jurors at the first trial in May were told.

Police seized luggage that contained sex toys and an examination of the girl’s underwear found traces of Hannon and his friend Dylan Quantrill’s DNA. She was also abused during a trip to Manchester.

Hannon and Quantrill, 20, both of no fixed address, but lived in Hastings, were each found guilty of four counts of rape against the girl.

Quantrill was jailed for nine years and will be on extended licence supervision for five years after.

A 39-year-old woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of three offences of child cruelty, and attempting to pervert the course of justice by asking a school friend of the victim to get her to change her statement. She was sent to prison for five years

The second trial in June saw Hannon found guilty of historic sex attacks on three other young girls from Sussex and Manchester.

He was found guilty of eight more offences – six rapes, and two of gross indecency. Between 2003 and 2012 he raped one of the victims who was initially under the age of 16 several times.

He also raped two vulnerable girls – a 15-year-old girl, who he got to know, several times during 2012, and a 16-year-old in 2013, who he raped and was violent with in 2013.

Judge Shani Barnes said Hannon was cunning and manipulative as he preyed on “lonely and vulnerable young women, relentlessly moving on and repeating his destructive behaviour”.

She branded Quantrill a “serious danger to young girls”.