August 2018

Manchester paedophile befriended couple to abuse girl

A “predatory paedophile” befriended a couple in order to abuse their young daughter just months after he had been released from jail for other child sex offences.

Manchester Crown Court heard Raymond Leyland, 26 and of no fixed address, had been freed on licence in September 2017 after nearly two years in prison.

After making friends with a Manchester couple who were unaware of his past and forming a bond with their seven-year-old child, he went onto sexually assault her.

At the time, the 26-year-old was living in Chorlton after being released following a previous conviction for child sex offences in 2015.

Part of the terms of his licence from prison was that he wasn’t allowed to contact children.

But over the course of a few months he sexually abused the youngster when her parents were out of sight.

Leyland told the girl to keep the abuse secret, but she knew something was wrong and bravely confided in her mum.

Leyland was jailed for eight years.

One of the conditions of his release last year was for him to stay in a bail hostel in the Chorlton area of the city.

It was then that he got to know the couple.

Within two months, Leyland had abused the girl and told her to keep it a secret.

The jury found Leyland guilty of sexually assaulting a child, possession of indecent images, and breaching a sexual harm prevention order.