November 2017

Wendy house rapist guilty

A sex abuse victim who was attacked by her rapist uncle in a Wendy house has told of her horror ordeal.

Kate Davenport was just four when “devil child” Damian Cochrane began to abuse her.

He molested and raped her repeatedly over 10 years. The pervert also targeted two other kids.

Cochrane is facing jail after being found guilty of five child sex offences.

Kate, now 40, has waived her anonymity to encourage other victims to come forward. She said: “He is evil extraordinaire and he just happens to have the name of the Devil’s child.”

Beast Cochrane, now 50, was found guilty of historic offences against three children following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

Mum of two Kate has broken her silence to reveal how the harrowing abuse left her with PTSD and how coming face to face with her abuser in court resulted in a full blown panic attack.

She told how Cochrane began to abuse her at a house in the Drumchapel area of Glasgow.

Kate said: “I don’t remember any relationship with him, all I can recall is the abuse that he put me through.

“It was at my grandfather’s house where he lived and I’d go round to visit my Granda.

“He would take me into his bedroom and he would do this stuff to me and nobody ever thought to question what was happening inside. No one ever said anything.

“The first time I remember him touching me was in a red and yellow Wendy house tent when I was four.

“I was sitting in there cross-legged and he came in and started touching me. It proceeded from there to always in his bedroom or in the living room.

“He kind of almost tried to treat me like a girlfriend at one stage.

“He would kiss me, play me love songs, tell me I was his favourite niece and how he was going to save me because he knew that I had a troubled family background.

“I just remember feeling embarrassed when he kissed me because I didn’t know how to kiss or what was really going on.

“I had a feeling of absolute horror and I just froze. Not only was I being abused but it was by my own uncle. You just can’t fathom that.

“He raped me twice – in his bedroom and on the sofa where he put his hand over my mouth. My grandad was sleeping and he covered my mouth and raped me in the living room.

“I suffered extensive injuries but nobody ever knew because I never went to a doctor but it affected me later on in my life as I’ve been left with scarring.

“Even when I gave birth to my first child, I was terrified I couldn’t do it because I was so scarred.

“I never tried to tell anyone what was going on because there wasn’t anybody that I could have told.”

Cochrane was 14 when he began to abuse his niece in 1981 and raped her for the first time when she was about nine. After years of suffering from PTSD as a result, Kate plucked up the courage to report Cochrane to police in 2013.

Three other victims then came forward claiming he had abused them and the beast was brought to trial last month. On Halloween, he was found guilty of four charges of lewd, indecent and libidinous practises against three children – Kate and another boy and girl – and one charge of rape.

The offences all took place in Glasgow between 1981 and 1990.

The trial was another agonising ordeal for Kate. She said: “I was absolutely out my head with nerves, anxiety and stress before giving evidence. Cochrane was walking around the court building because he was out on bail and I was terrified of bumping into him.

“This is a person who has committed atrocious crimes against you and you’re thinking they could attack you at any second. I’d received threats from various people before the trial and I was terrified that I was going to be attacked.

“I was sat in this witness room having a full blown anxiety attack about getting on the stand and giving evidence and just felt really unsupported during the whole process.”

Kate then sat in the public gallery for the remainder of the trial and watched the jury deliver the guilty verdict on October 31.

She said: “He is evil extraordinaire and he just happens to have the name of the Devil’s child. 

It was quite fitting that he was found guilty on Halloween.

“After he stopped abusing me, he moved to England at some point and I believe there will be other victims out there who he has abused.

“I want people to see his face and come forward and report it to police if he’s ever hurt them. I’d also encourage anyone who has been abused historically to be brave and come forward.

“I got the guilty verdict I so badly wanted and they can too if they tell the police what happened to them.

“Don’t think that just because it didn’t happen in the last year or two that you shouldn’t report it. You will be believed.”

Cochrane, who had been living in Barton-Upon-Humber, Lincolnshire, will be sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow on November 28.

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