June 2017

Paedophile jailed for 10 years for sexually assaulting girl and boy

A paedophile who sexually abused a girl and a boy three decades ago was jailed for 10 years today.

A judge told Geoffrey Mao, from Runcorn, that his behaviour had caused them both long term psychological harm.

Judge Alan Conrad, QC described 60-year-old Mao as having been ‘a strong character who had used his power’ and he had made threats to the girl during the time he abused her.

He also pointed out that some of the offences against the girl, which occurred when she was aged between nine and 15, would now be charged as rape but the maximum he could impose under the appropriate legislation is five years.

Mao, of The Common, Halton Village, had been convicted after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court of four offences of indecent assault against the boy, who was aged 13 or 14, and six offences of indecent assault against the girl. He was cleared of a charge of raping her.

A jury heard during his trial that the offences occurred in the 1980s while Mao was running a chip shop in the Netherley area of Liverpool.

The offences involving the boy all occurred on one occasion but those against the girl took place over a six year period, said Nicholas Walker, prosecuting.

When interviewed Mao claimed that the victims were lying and he maintained his innocence during his trial.

The judge told Mao he was ‘an offender of particular concern’ and imposed an additional year on licence.

He said he will serve at least five years behind bars and it was then up to the parole board to decide ‘when it is safe to release you’.

He ordered him to sign the sex offenders register for life and imposed an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and a restraining order keeping him away from his victims.