February 2018

English Defence League abused young schoolgirl over a hundred times

A “senior member” of the far-right English Defence League has been jailed for sexually abusing a young schoolgirl over a hundred times over a five year period

Leigh McMillan, 46, of Milton Keynes groomed the 10-year-old victim with cigarettes and drugs before subjecting her to a “spiral of sexual abuse” during the mid-1990s, jurors at the Old Bailey heard.

McMillan even attacked the girl as she lay on her mother’s bed and warned: “You mustn’t tell your mum – she’d be really upset.”

He assaulted the youngster around 100 times over a five-year period, the court was told.

Prosecutor Jane Carpenter told jurors the girl “felt as if every day was Groundhog Day” and described her own ordeal as a “spiral of abuse”.

In a statement provided to the court, the girl described how she “had not had control” of her own life.

McMillan was arrested in September 2016 and convicted of three counts of indecent assault, two of indecency with a child and one of attempted rape following trial last month.

He was jailed for a total of 17 years and also made subject to notification on the sex offenders’ register and a sexual harm prevention order indefinitely.

In the past he was quick to criticise Muslims over child abuse following high profile cases of Asian grooming gangs, whilst hiding his own depraved past