February 2018

Pensioner convicted of rape and sex attacks on two girls

A pensioner has been convicted of repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting girls – and has been branded “depraved” by a children’s charity.

David Abrahams, 70, of Mercer Close in Netherton, was found guilty of 14 counts of sexual offences against two girls during a five-day trial.

A jury of nine women and three men took less than four hours to return their verdict.

They found him guilty of eight counts of rape, four counts of indecent assault, one count of sexual assault of a child under 13 and one count of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

Twelve of the counts, which date back to between 1987 and 2015, relate to one girl and the latest two counts relate to another. The victims cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Leeds Crown Court previously heard that one girl was raped and sexually assaulted by the defendant on numerous occasions.

Abrahams will be sentenced on February 23.