July 2016

Paedophile who described himself as a “dog” after molesting two girls jailed for eight years


A paedophile who described himself as a “dog” after molesting two young girls was jailed for eight years.

Anthony Westhead, 58, 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.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Westhead also pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault in relation to the second girl.

Judge David Aubrey, QC, said anyone who saw the first girl give evidence could not fail to have been moved by her distress.

He said: “You took away her innocence. In truth you have sentenced her to a life sentence, because in all probability not a day goes by when her mind does not wander to when you indecently assaulted her.”

The court heard 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 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.”

Westhead has a previous conviction for rape dating back to 1980, for which he received three years in prison.

Charlotte Kenny, prosecuting, previously told the court: “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.