May 2017

Woman sexually abused by ‘monster’ tells Hull court she now daren’t have children

Two women who were sexually abused as children branded their attacker a “monster” while speaking of the devastating impact it continues to have on their lives.

Both were abused by Dale Agnew, including two offences against one of them that would now be charged as child rape.

Agnew was jailed for four-and-a-half years at Hull Crown Court on Wednesday, and was told he may have got twice that sentence had he not been 15 at the time of the offences.

The 30-year-old denied any wrongdoing and forced his victims through the ordeal of giving evidence at trial, which one called “horrible and exhausting”.

Agnew began to cry in the dock and said “no” as the jury returned guilty verdicts by majority on all 17 charges he faced.

Paul Genney, prosecuting, then read harrowing statements on the victims’ behalf, the first from the youngest, against whom Agnew committed 14 offences, including the most serious.

She said: “You have taken every ounce of self-respect and self-worth I ever had for myself away.

“I was a child and a little girl – you pushed into things I did not want to do.

“I wonder every day why you chose to do the things you did. If you had any sort of conscience you would have admitted it.

“I know the pain and horrible feeling I get will never fully go away.

“Monster. I hate you for what you have done to me.”

The other said: “What happened with Dale has affected all areas of my life.

“I struggle to cope at times. I’m scared to sleep at times in case I dream and have nightmares about it.

“I’m not an affectionate person, and feel this is because of what Dale did to me.

“The whole process of reporting this to the police and giving evidence at court has been horrible and exhausting, and there is a feeling of being judged.

“The biggest thing for me is I don’t want children, or I’m terrified to do so.

“I don’t think I can bring a child into a world where there are people like him.”

Jailing Agnew for four-and-a-half years, Judge Mark Bury told him: “It’s quite clear to me that your offending has had a devastating effect, and for that you are going to be punished.”

Agnew, of Newtown Court, east Hull, must register as a sex offender for life.

The female foreman of the jury wept as she left court.

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