June 2017

Stevenage child rapist jailed for 10 years

A child rapist has been jailed for 18 years after he admitted sexually assaulting two schoolgirls in Stevenage

Dean Manning – now of Congleton in Cheshire – waged a merciless five-year campaign of sexual abuse against the two children, who were as young as 11.

And appearing in the dock at Cambridge Crown Court yesterday, the 49-year-old paedophile pleaded guilty to 20 charges relating to sexual exploitation and ill-treatment.

Manning admitted 12 counts relating to the rape, attempted rape and other sexual abuse of the two girls.

He also pleaded guilty to six counts of inciting children to engage in sexual activity, and two of causing unnecessary suffering through ill-treatment.

Judge Farrell imposed 20 concurrent jail terms of at least four years for each of his crimes.

Judge David Farrell QC handed Manning a 26-year extended sentence in total, meaning he will serve eight years on licence in addition to his 18-year jail term.

He will have to serve 12 years before becoming eligible for parole.

He also ordered Manning to sign the sex offenders register for life, and made him subject to a life-long sexual harm prevention order restricting his use of the internet. Manning must also pay a victim surcharge.