November 2016

Paedophile made child rape victim a cup of tea and told her ‘forget about it’


After raping his victim, paedophile Norman Lowe would make the child a cuppa and tell her to “forget about it”.

At an age when she should have been playing with friends, Lowe repeatedly robbed the youngster of her innocence.

The catalogue of abuse inflicted on her at such a young age left her baring scars that may never heal.

Middlesbrough’s Lowe denied even laying a finger on his victim, making her suffer the ordeal of a trial

But over two decades since Lowe committed the attacks, his brave victim’s testimony helped jail her tormentor for 15 years.

“He was just horrible,” said a witness at the trial, speaking on behalf of the victim.

They paint a picture of an abusive man, who would use violence as a way to impose his savage will.

“He would make people feel so uncomfortable and nobody would like to be around him,” they added.

But Lowe reserved a particular cruelness for his young victim, who was just in her early teens.

He raped her six times.

A Teesside Crown Court jury also ruled he committed three further indecent assaults on the girl.

The nature of those attacks still haunt his victim to this day.

“She has a lot of trust issues as a result of what he did to her,” added the witness.

“After he raped her, he would tell her to forget about it.

“He would say ‘You’re not going to tell your mum’, make her a cup of tea and tell her to calm down.

“He was a very manipulating person and it has ruined her life really.”

But after eventually opening up about what he did to her, she eventually plucked up the courage to contact Cleveland Police .

An officer stood alongside her from day one as an investigation was launched into Lowe’s vile past.

According to the Crown Prosecution Service, he was first interviewed on 24 May 2014, having attended a police station voluntarily.

But he had no such choice when, days after his 55th birthday, he found himself in the dock where his shameful past finally caught up as his victim testified via video link about what he did all those decades ago.

On October 21, Lowe, of Crowland Avenue , began a sentence which could see him locked up until he turns 70.