August 2016

Pervert targeted 5-yr-old boy at family fun day, then laughed in his family’s face

A paedophile targeted a five-year-old boy at a pub family fun day before smirking at his victim’s family in court.

Dominic Onions, 50, lurked outside the men’s toilets looking for a young child to target, Durham Crown Court heard.

The young boy’s father discovered his own son was being abused by a stranger who went to the toilets and heard feet shuffling in the cubicle, prosecutor Shaun Dodd said.

He assumed it was a dad helping a son go to the toilet, until he noticed his little boy’s odd socks under the cubicle door and realised to his horror it was his son in the cubicle with Onions.

When the pub CCTV was reviewed, it showed Onions lurking around the toilet and beckoning different children towards him before he launched his sickening assault on the youngster.

One young boy almost fell for his ruse, before changing his mind and running away from the toilet door. However, Onions continued in his hunt for a child to abuse.

His defence barrister admitted: “He had made up his mind that he was going to abuse a child that day.”

When Onions was arrested for his depraved assault, police found videos and photos on his phone which showed that he had abused another five-year-old boy on a separate occasion.

The second victim’s mother said in a statement read out in court: “Words cannot describe what I think of you, you are not human. You are a dirty, filthy man who has got his kicks from my son. I hope you now feel that pain, you deserve all you get.”

The court heard that Onions had struck up conversation with his first victim’s mother at the bar, all the while plotting in his mind how he was going to abuse a youngster that day.

The paedophile smirked and laughed at his victim’s family at his first court appearance.

The young boy’s mother said in statement read out in court: “I feel sick and tortured by that you could do this to a child, an innocent little boy, my innocent little boy.”

She said she can no longer bear to let her child sleep out of her sight because of what happened, it was said.

“He looked directly at me and my family and smiled and smirked, that has really upset me,” she added.

Onions has a catalogue of previous convictions for sex offences against children dating back to the 1980s.

In 1982, he was convicted of indecently assaulting a six-year-old boy and gross indecency with a four-year-old boy. Ten years later, he was again convicted of indecent assault, this time against a five-year-old girl.

His online search history showed that he had an interest in news stories about children being sexually assaulted in public.

Onions pleaded guilty to:

  • Abducting a child with sexual intention

  • One count of attempting to abduct a child

  • One count of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity

  • One count of engaging in a sexual act in front of a child

  • One count of taking indecent photographs of a child

  • One count of making indecent photographs of a child

  • Four counts of sexual assaults

  • Two counts of sexual activity with a child.

Onions, of Marigold Crescent in Bournmoor, near Chester-le-Street, will be sentenced at a later date.