October 2018

Monster who abused girls jailed for 18 years as ‘past catches up with him’

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A 63-year-old man who sexually abused two girls over a five year period was told his ‘past had caught up’ with him when he was jailed for 18 years at Gloucester Crown Court on Friday.

Adrian McKinnon, of East Street, Crewkerne, Somerset had denied 14 charges of sexual abuse including two of rape. He committed the offences in Gloucester, Worcester and Leeds.

At the end of a five-day trial at Gloucester Crown Court, the jury of seven women and five men acquitted him of three charges but convicted him of 11 after being in deliberation for over seven-and-a-half hours.

Two of the offences that McKinnon was convicted of were of raping one of the girls.

Judge Ian Lawrie QC ruled: “I have little doubt that you raped her on more occasions than just these two.”

All but one of the offences were against the same victim, with one sole count of indecent assault relating to the second girl. His victims are now adults.

McKinnon was convicted of sexually assaulting that second girl by making her touch him.

Jailing him for 18 years, the judge said: “You are an offender of concern.

“You will serve one half before you will be referred to parole board, and they can decide if it is safe to release you only then.”

The judge told McKinnon he would be on the sex offenders register for life.

When the trial was opened before the jury on Monday, prosecutor David Scutt said the first allegation was that McKinnon touched the older girl’s naked chest.

“We say that is sexualised activity – the first part of progression to very much more serious assaults over time,” he said.

“The first bit of what might be called grooming behaviour. She said it happened every time he visited her house.

He told the jury that the girl felt ‘safe at school because he couldn’t get to her there’.

He also described how she would hide in woods near her home as a form of sanctuary until McKinnon found her there and used that as a location to abuse her too.

The prosecutor also told the jury that McKinnon would hold a pillow over the girl’s face while abusing her.

McKinnon threatened the girl saying ‘he would get her if she told anyone’, Mr Scutt said.

“He told her no-one would believe her and she would be sent away.”

Mr Scutt said the abuse increased over time until McKinnon raped her on at least two occasions.

There was only one charge of indecent assault made by the other woman, he said.

“They were tickling each other’s arms. He asked her to tickle his stomach. She did as she was asked.

“He then grabbed her hand and put it down his trousers. She pulled her hand away and ran off.”

The jury were then played the video interview the older woman had given to the police in 2016.

She could be seen clinging tightly to a coat that held against her chest as she gave details of her ordeal.

“School was my sanctuary, but when I was there I couldn’t learn anything. I was off in my own world. I just couldn’t do it.

“My head…. It was so much… I couldn’t get him out of in there,” she said.

She told how she would hide in the woods.

“One good thing was that there was this humongous log,” she said “It was massive. I came out of the house. I could lie inside it so I couldn’t be seen.

“There was a little hole I could see through. I could see he wasn’t going to get me.”

However, she said, he did find her and would then abuse her in the woodland.

The court heard how she contemplated self harm: “Stanley blades… I couldn’t do this no more… I felt trapped. No matter where I am, I am not safe.

“I wanted to end it but I did not know what to do.”

Describing McKinnon’s attitude towards her she said: “It was like he didn’t care. His face was full of pleasure. He enjoyed what he did to me.”

The jury heard that the woman still feels the effects of the allegations in the present day.

“I can’t do relationships, I can’t do intercourse. I can’t do any of that. It is too much. I can’t undress in front of anyone.

“The fear he put in me has stayed with me my whole life.”

She said: “The pillow over the face, that was always constant.” She still ‘freaks out’ if anyone comes near her with a pillow to this day.

The other victim of sexual abuse told the jury of the one occasion in which McKinnon made her touch him.

“When I was eight years old I remember an incident involving him. We were watching TV,” she said.

“He was tickling my arms. He asked me to tickle his tummy.

“I started to feel uncomfortable. His trousers were very low,” she said.

“He grabbed my hand and pushed it down his trousers.

“I knew this was not right,” she said. “I pulled my hand away as fast as I could, and ran to the bathroom.”

When McKinnon gave evidence on Wednesday he denied touched one of the victims on the chest and calling her a ‘special girl’.

Asked if he had ‘ever abused and interfered with’ the first victim, he said: “No, I did not.”

He denied he had ever held a pillow over the girl’s face.

McKinnon was asked about the allegations that he had abused the woman as a girl.

“I did not,” he said.

Turning to the allegations of the second woman, who said he made her touch him when she was a girl, he said: “No, I did not do that.

After the jury convictions, the second victim gave moving evidence in court about the effect McKinnon’s abuse has had on her.

She explained that his abuse has echoed through generations, leading her to have a difficult relationship with her own children.

“Today I found justice,” she said. “When I leave court I will finally find closure. I refuse to be his victim any more.”

The first victim chose not to read her statement herself, and Mr Scutt read it to the court.

“I still feel a tremendous fear, that someone is going to get me,” she said.

“I have lived my whole life in hell. I feel dirty.

“He has made me feel guilty.

“I was screaming inside but no one could hear me.

“I still struggle,” the court heard.

Jailing McKinnon the judge told him: “The offences were executed by you through a combination of grooming and fear.

“A steady and increasing process of ever increasing sexual intimacy.”

“You leave them marked for life. Both have received extensive therapy.

“They will need help for a considerable time in to the future. You have caused severe psychological harm.”