November 2017

“Opportunistic” paedophile locked up for jailed 12 years after sneaking into girls’ bedrooms

A paedophile whose perverted behaviour came back to haunt him two decades later was locked up for 12 years.

Ian Wright abused two girls, one when she was eight or nine and another when she was 13, at a property in Warrington.

The court heard that Wright, 56, took opportunities to sneak into their bedrooms, where he would carry out the depraved attacks, which involved the attempted rape of the younger child.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that the victim has suffered “severe psychological harm” and now suffers from anxiety, depression and stress and had only finally revealed her ordeal at Wright’s hands to police last year.

Wright, of Crow Lane East, Newton-le-willows denied sexually abusing the two girls but a jury found him guilty of 19 offences.

Jailing Wright, Judge Anil Murray pointed out that the defendant has previous convictions for sexually abusing children.

He said: “I am sure you have a sexual interest in children and you have over the years acted on that interest and committed sexual offences.”

“I saw you give evidence and you have a warped thought processes and this is entrenched.

“Everything you did and have done you justified to yourself as acceptable.

“Even though you have not committed any sexual offences for 20 years you remain a risk to children.

“When opportunity has presented itself in the past you have taken it.”


Wright has three previous convictions between 1977 and 1997 for indecently assaulting two girls aged seven and nine and having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old.

Judge Murray ruled that Wright was an offender of particular concern and imposed an extra year’s extended licence meaning he will only be released when the Parole Board consider it safe.

Judge Murray ordered Wright to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life and also imposed a lifetime Sexual Harm Prevention Order.