December 2017

Pervert whose twisted sex attacks ‘wrecked victim’s childhood’ has jail term cut

A pervert whose twisted sex attacks ‘wrecked the childhood’ of a vulnerable schoolboy has had his 16-year prison sentence reduced.

Neil Graeme Wrench, 56, was jailed at Manchester Crown Court in May after he was convicted of 11 sex crimes, including rape and indecent assaults.

Wrench repeatedly abused his teenage victim more than 20 years ago, London’s Appeal Court heard, plying him with drink and cigarettes to win him over.

He targeted and carefully groomed his young victim, said Mrs Justice Yip, despite being aware that he was ‘particularly vulnerable’.

Wrench also tried to engage the troubled youngster in his sick fantasies – which included wearing nappies and donning women’s clothing.

The boy, now a man, felt Wrench had ‘wrecked his childhood’, the judge added

She said Wrench ‘used his victim to act out his sexual fantasies’, the boy suffered psychological damage and ‘grooming was clearly involved’.

Wrench, of Cope Close, Openshaw, challenged his sentence today (Friday), claiming 16 years was far too harsh.

And Mrs Justice Yip accepted that he had never used threats or violence against the boy, adding: “Standing back, very serious as these offences undoubtedly were, we consider that 16 years was too long. The appropriate sentence is 14 years.”

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