March 2018

Monster who raped little girl hundreds of times now confesses to abusing toddler

A monster jailed for raping a little girl hundreds of times has now confessed to abusing another child when she was a toddler.

Anthony Morgan was jailed for 16 years in March 2017 after he raped a victim from when she was aged six onwards.

The paedophile was handed an extended four years on licence for the “campaign of rape”.

But the 42-year-old was dragged back to Liverpool Crown Court today after another traumatised victim came forward.

Morgan, formerly of Ullet Road, Toxteth, admitted eight counts of rape against this girl, from when she was aged three.

Judge Andrew Menary, QC, jailed him for 18 and a half years – starting today – with an extended six years on licence.

He said: “What you did to this victim has effectively ruined her life. It’s highly unlikely she will now enjoy normal, healthy child relationships.

“Any adult relationship for her will be challenging, particularly intimate relationships, which she is bound to find very difficult indeed.

“What this means is you have devastated the lives now of two children.”

Rob Jones, prosecuting, said the latest offences came to light after the girl started to show “signs of sexualised behaviour”.

He said one day she became “extremely upset with tears pouring down her face” and said “things were bad inside her head”.

When interviewed by police, Morgan admitted the abuse and said he would give her sweets and warn her not to tell anyone.

Mr Jones said: “He said he felt bad about what he was doing but was unable to explain why he persisted in the abuse. He blamed his urges.

“He accepted he had caused the most grievous and psychological damage to her and said he regretted it now.”

Morgan – aka Anthony Murphy – previously admitted eight counts of rape and one count of attempted rape against the first girl.

He raped her on no less than 225 occasions and offered her ice cream and other treats in exchange for sex.

Eventually she confided in an adult, revealing the rapes had happened “for as long as she could remember”.

Morgan also warned her to keep quiet and “she thought nobody would believe her”.

The girl has struggled with education, suffered emotionally and physically and sustained “severe psychological trauma”.

She told the court she feared she would never be able to have a family, as she could not face having sex in the future.

Judge Menary said Morgan could have confessed to these crimes before he was last sentenced and asked if he had other victims.

Ms Holt said she had spoken with her client, who insisted there were no further offences for him to admit to.

Judge Menary said: “Last year you could have told the police about all of your offending, including what you now admit.

“You could have, if you had chosen to do that, made a clean breast of things back then, but you failed to do that.

“You have denied yourself the freedom from subsequent prosecution and punishment, which a full confession would have given you.

“In other words, to an extent you are now the author of your situation.”

He then offered a “word of caution” over “the risk of further matters coming to light”, possibly leading to another long sentence.

Judge Menary said: “I’m not intending to give you any indication at all.

“But an early acknowledgement, if that’s the proper thing to do, of any further offending, is likely to yield the greatest assistance to you.”

Morgan will serve at least two thirds of his sentence in jail and will only be released early if a parole board deems it safe.

He must sign on the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life.

March 2017

Liverpool paedophile who raped little girl hundreds of times is jailed

A man from Liverpool who raped a little girl hundreds of times has been jailed for 16 years.

Anthony Morgan, 41, of no fixed address, targeted his victim from the age of six onwards in a shocking “campaign of rape”

The alcohol and cocaine-fuelled paedophile admitted raping her on no less than 225 occasions

He showed no emotion as Judge Andrew Menary, QC, handed him the sentence, with an extended four years on licence.

The judge said: “You repeatedly raped almost week in, week out that young girl, on too many occasions to count.

“What you have done to this girl is to essentially ruin her life up to this point.

“Who knows whether or not she will ever recover from the psychological ordeal and impact you have inflicted upon her.”

Morgan, formerly of Ullet Road, Toxteth, offered his victim ice cream and other treats in exchange for sex.

The offences came to light when the victim confided in an adult, revealing the rapes had happened “for as long as she could remember”.

Dan Travers, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that Morgan warned her to keep quiet and “she thought nobody would believe her”.

He said: “He would ask her to have sex and when she refused he would keep asking. He would eventually get angry and just do it anyway.”

The girl has since struggled with education, suffered emotionally and physically and sustained “severe psychological trauma”.

Mr Travers said she feared she would never be able to have a family, as she could not face having sex in the future.

He said: “It’s difficult to envisage a more serious campaign of rape.”

Morgan – also known as Anthony Murphy – admitted eight counts of rape and one count of attempted rape.

He denied raping the girl no less than 60 times, when she was aged just four and five.

The Crown decided not to pursue these allegations and they were ordered to lie on the file.

Sarah Holt, defending, said her client’s only mitigation was his guilty pleas, entitling him to a third deduction on his sentence.

She said Morgan expressed a willingness to undertake all programmes available to him in prison and was frank with probation officers.

Judge Menary told Morgan: “You accept you have an unhealthy and abiding sexual interest in young children.

“I have no doubt at all that you pose a high risk of serious harm to children and will continue to do for an indefinite and unquantifiable period in the future.”

Morgan will serve at least two thirds of his sentence in jail and will only be released if a parole board deems it safe.

He must sign on the sex offenders register and will be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for the rest of his life.