July 2017

Paedophile jailed for 17 years for repeatedly raping a six-year-old boy

A paedophile who repeatedly raped a six-year-old boy in shocking attacks has been jailed for 17 years.

John Bell subjected the terrified youngster to a series of painful sex attacks which have left him severely psychologically traumatised.

A court heard Bell knew the boy had already been raped by a member of his family but that didn’t stop him subjecting him to further horrific abuse.

The victim has been left so damaged by his ordeal he has been tearing up his clothes and damaging his toys.

Trained mechanic Bell, 30, of Throckley, Newcastle, maintains his innocence but a jury found him guilty of six counts of rape after a trial.

Locking him up at Newcastle Crown Court, Judge Edward Bindloss said: “During the rapes you told him not to tell his mother about what was happening.

“(The boy) said he was scared, shocked and worried about what happened.

“This was a course of conduct where you abused him on a regular basis.

“You physically hurt him when you raped him and you told him to bite the pillow.

“I’m satisfied you groomed him. You gave him sweets and took him on motorbike trips.

“You groomed him, acting for your own sexual gratification.

“You knew he had been raped by another male. You went on to rape him knowing he had been abused before.

“The psychological effects of what happened to him at your hands is likely to be very harmful for a long time.”

The judge said since the attacks on the boy, when he was six and seven, he has started to “self harm, scratching himself to the point of bleeding” and “tearing his clothes, damaging his toys” and is receiving counselling.

He added: “He is isolated and didn’t want to play with other children.

“It’s quite clear he has been deeply affected by what happened to him.”

Prosecutor Jo Kidd added: “There is evidence of exceptional psychological harm to him.”

As well as the 17 year jail term, Bell was made subject of a sexual harm prevention order.