June 2009

Two Bootle men jailed for raping same girl

TWO men who repeatedly raped the same young girl have been put behind bars indefinitely.

Paedophiles John McCall, 35, and Philip O’Connell, 32, who are distantly related, both subjected the youngster to a string of horrific sex attacks when she was aged between seven and 11.

Liverpool crown court heard McCall had also attacked another young girl during a three-month spell.

On some occasions both the youngsters, who were friends, had been at his Bootle home at the same time. Janet Reaney, prosecuting, told how the second child was taken to Alder Hey children’s hospital when she was just 10 and diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease.

Jailing them, Judge Robert Warnock said: “These were crimes committed against two girls between the age of seven and 11. Each offence was both an abuse of trust and an abuse of your greater physical power.”

He jailed both the men indefinitely for public protection, ordering McCall, of Wadham Road, Bootle, to serve a minimum of seven years and two months and O’Connell to serve eight-and-a-half years.

O’Connell, of Daniel Close, Bootle, had denied six charges of child cruelty and six of rape, forcing his young victim to give evidence, but was convicted by a jury.

Judge Warnock said: “You punched her, you held her head under water and you abused her in order to cow her into submission to your sexual attacks. Acts which are correctly described as sadism.”

The judge asked for his “best wishes and admiration” to be given to the “simply remarkable” youngster.

McCall admitted six offences of rape, inciting a child to commit a sexual act, and six charges of sexual assault.

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