July 2018

Rapist who subjected two young girls to “campaign” of sexual abuse jailed for 18 years

Two women who were subjected to a “campaign” of sexual abuse as young girls have told their attacker: “You took our childhood from us.”

Richard John Winn, 56, was jailed for 18 years at Carlisle Crown Court yesterday for five counts of rape and five further sexual and indecent assaults.

The abuse was carried out between 2002 and 2007 when the girls were younger than 13.

Both women took to the stand in court to read out powerful impact statements about how Winn’s abuse had affected them through to adult life.

One said: “You took our childhood away from us, but it didn’t stop there.”

She said the ordeal had left her unable to sleep and trust people.

The other, in her statement, said: “I have struggled with a lot of things in my life, one of the main things is trust in men.”

She also said she did not refer to herself as a victim, but rather a survivor.

Winn, of Derwent Avenue, Maryport, denied the charges but was found guilty by a jury.

During the trial the jury heard testimonies from both women. The rapes were carried out against one of them, while the other was sexually assaulted.

“I couldn’t get away,” one told a police officer in interview. “He just wouldn’t stop.”

The female he sexually assaulted told police: “No matter how much I said ‘no’, he would carry on.”

Asked in a social media message years later to explain his historical actions, Winn replied: “Don’t know. I can’t believe I did that sort of thing myself. I just wish God will forgive me when he finally takes me.”

The judge, Recorder Julie Clemitson, said: “You [Winn] took steps to prevent her from telling anyone by emotionally blackmailing her.”

When explaining the sentence to Winn, the Recorder added: “You suffer from significant health issues therefore your time in custody will be far more onerous than that of a fitter man.”