May 2018

Peterborough man who drugged and raped child is jailed

A Peterborough man who drugged and raped a young child has been locked up for nearly 20 years.

James McClennon, (62), of Manor Close, Wittering was jailed for 17 years today (Wednesday) after he was found guilty of two counts of raping a child under 13 and three counts of indecent assault on a girl under 14.

The court heard how it took McClennon’s victim 13 years to build up the courage to report the incidents to police after he convinced her that no one would believe her and told her it was ‘their secret’.

The abuse began in 1997 in Peterborough and continued for about two years while the victim was aged between 10 and 12.

On two occasions McClennon used sleeping pills to drug his victim before abusing her. McClennon had denied the charges, but was found guilty after a trial.