November 2016

Violent rapist abused girls as young as 13


A violent rapist who abused girls as young as 13 has been jailed for 29 years.

Bullying paedophile Paul Hitchen was locked up for sexually assaulting eight victims over almost a decade.

During one sickening attack, the 35-year-old grabbed his victim by the throat and lifted her off the ground before violently sexually assaulting her and raping her.

Hitchen would befriend his victims to gain their trust before starting an intimate relationship with them, detectives said.

He would then start to turn controlling and agitated, and would threaten to attack them.

Hitchen, who is from Wigan but has no fixed address, would often demand sexual favours. If his victims did not consent, he’d force himself on them.

His crimes came to light in 2014, when one woman found the courage to come forward and further police investigations revealed seven other victims.

When Hitchen was interviewed by officers, he denied the offences and claimed the victims were ‘conspiring against him’ – despite not knowing each other.

He was sentenced to 29 years in prison at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday after being found guilty of 28 offences.

The charges include seven counts of rape, seven sexual assaults, two counts of actual bodily harm and one count of false imprisonment.

He will remain on the sex offenders register for life.