November 2017

Postman jailed for five years for repeatedly sexually assaulting schoolgirl

A paedophile postman has been jailed for five years after repeatedly sexually assaulting a schoolgirl.

Alec Heaps, 53, from Stockport was found guilty by a jury of subjecting his victim to years of abuse.

Charged with five offences of sexual assault of a child under 13 and one of sexual assault of a child, Heaps has protested his innocence throughout – forcing his victim to endure the ordeal of a trial.

But Heaps was sentenced on Monday after a jury unanimously found him guilty.

As he was sent down by a judge at Manchester’s Minshull Crown Court, his sobbing family waved and blew kisses from the public gallery.

Earlier, it was heard how Heaps’ depraved abuse had left his victim ‘traumatised’.

For years she kept the abuse a secret, eventually confiding in a counsellor, then her mother – and finally the police.

John Savage, prosecution counsel, said it had impacted on ‘every aspect of her life’ both physically and psychologically, adding: “She had difficulty concentrating in the course of her academic studies.

“She still relies on anti-depressants.

“Her self-confidence has been impacted and she has low self-esteem.”

Sending Heaps down for five years and ordering he be placed on the sexual offenders’ register, judge Recorder Paul Reid QC told him: “It’s plain that your victim has suffered psychological harm for a number of years as a result of your behaviour.”

Describing the impact as ‘overwhelming and profound’, he added: “You continue to deny the offences of which you have been convicted and you present a high risk of serious harm to female children.”

His family sobbed, waved and blew kisses as he was sent down by judge