August 2018

Raymond Leyland jailed for sexually assaulting a child

A convicted sex offender who sexually assaulted a seven year old girl has been jailed.

Raymond Leyland (16/01/1992) of no fixed address has today, Wednesday 8 August 2018, been sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a child, possession of indecent images and breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

In September 2017, Leyland was released from prison on license after being jailed in December 2015 for child sex offences.

Part of the terms of his license was to reside at a bail hostel in Chorlton.

Shortly after his release, Leyland befriended a local couple who were unaware of his past conviction and that he was subject to a sexual harm prevention order.

This order, which prohibits him from having contact with children or having an unregistered mobile phone, was breached when Leyland started interacting with the couple’s seven year old daughter.

Over the two months that followed he would attempt to bond with the girl, paying her attention and playing with her in view of her parents in an effort to build up the trust between them.

However it wasn’t long before Leyland’s actions turned more sinister and he sexually assaulted the girl when nobody was watching.

Despite telling the victim to keep the abuse secret, she soon realised that something was not right and told her mother what had happened.