December 2018

Jury delivers verdicts in rape and sex trafficking trial

Two men have been found guilty of sex trafficking charges – and one was also found guilty of rape.

John Anthony Delaney, 33, of Ruthin Road Caravan site in Wrexham, was found guilty rape, sexual assault and three counts of human trafficking.

But he was cleared of a further rape charge.

John James Purcell, 31, of Crescent Road in Ellesmere Port, was convicted of three human trafficking charges.

The jury foreman indicated that they had not reached verdicts in further charges against both men.

They have also not reached any verdicts in the case of the third defendant Todd James Wickens, 28, of Homestead Lane in Wrexham, who denied two charges of rape and one trafficking charge.

The three men have been on trial on 18 sex and human trafficking charges for about a month.

The jury, which retired on Monday afternoon, returned to court and delivered some verdicts.

The prosecution alleges that in 2011 and 2012 two under aged care home girls who were in care were taken to hotels where a number of people turned up to have sex with them.

Earlier in the trial another man, John Michael McGrath, 27, of Bryn Hedd, Southsea, Wrexham, was cleared of raping a girl aged under 16 years between 2011 and 2012.