November 2017

Irish Thai boxing trainer jailed for six years after using role to abduct and abuse children in Britain

AN Irish Thai Boxing instructor nicknamed ‘Mr Touchy-Feeley’  who used his position to abduct and sexual assault young girls has been jailed for six years.

Peter Feeley, 56, pleaded guilty to child abduction, four counts of sexual activity with a child and three counts of indecent assault at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court today.

Feeley, of Spring Gardens in Middleton, Greater Manchester, was reported to police in May this year after a teenage girl went missing from her home.

Feeley, who owns Spartan Muay Thai Gym in Middleton, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, was arrested last May after the girl’s mother reported her missing and traced a number on her mobile phone to Feeley. 

She was found safe and well a short time later and Feeley was arrested in connection with the investigation.

Analysis of his mobile phone found that he had groomed the teen – who he referred to as his “young wife” – and sexually assaulted her on at least four occasions.

He also talked bondage with the girl and even covertly filmed them having intercourse together before giving the camera the thumbs up.

During one of those assaults Feeley wore a t-shirt with ‘Don’t forget to smile’ written on it, which was later seized for evidence.

Detectives then received a further report that the Irishman had sexually abused another child in 2012.

The court heard Feeley molested the second girl in her sleeping bag after he persuaded her to have a sleepover at the gym. He groped another child’s breasts in a separate incident.

Police discovered that he regularly invited young victims to the gym he owned for sleepovers and would often ply them with alcohol before sexually abusing them.