March 2018

Huyton man admits raping and attempting to rape young girl

A Huyton man has admitted raping and attempting to rape a young girl.

Gerard Gibbons was initially charged with four sexual offences relating to a child under the age of 13.

The 59-year-old, of Woolfall Crescent in Huyton, was arrested on Sunday, February 25 over the allegations.

Gibbons, balding with short grey hair and a grey beard, faced two counts of rape and two counts of attempted rape.

He appeared at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, February 27, when he protested his innocence via his solicitor.

Gibbons, wearing a grey sweatshirt and tracksuit bottoms, denied any wrongdoing and said he intended to stand trial.

He was subsequently charged with a further offence of possession of an indecent photograph of a child.

However he has now pleaded guilty to all five offences, during a short hearing at Liverpool Crown Court.

Judge Robert Warnock said Gibbons would be sentenced on May 11 this year and remanded him in custody.