November 2011

Victim sees sex attacker sent to jail after 46 years

A SEX abuse victim who was assaulted as a child has finally seen her tormentor brought to justice – 46 years after the attacks.

The woman in her 50s said living with what had happened to her for so long had made her life “hell” and affected her relationships.

But after finally confiding in her son, her abuser Ian Mackie was brought to court and jailed for five years.

Mackie, 59, pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting her when he was a teenager, between 1965 and 1967, on the day his trial at Derby Crown Court was due to begin.

He also admitted sexually abusing two other girls when they were children and he was in his late teens.

Speaking to the Derby Telegraph, Mackie’s first victim, who cannot be identified, said she was relieved he had finally admitted what he had done.

Mackie, of Bath Street, Derby, would tell her she must never reveal the abuse to anyone.

She said: “I was bullied and threatened by him. He said if I told anyone they wouldn’t believe me and I would get it twice as bad. It carried on for four years.”

The abuse stopped when she was 15.

She said: “I have carried this with me for 46 years. I would have been a different person if this had never happened to me. I wouldn’t have this anger inside me. I have found it hard to develop relationships because I find it hard to trust men.”

The woman reported Mackie to the police last year after her son quizzed her about her childhood and she told him about the abuse. She said she wanted to speak out to give courage to other sexual abuse victims.

She said: “What he did to me will stay with me until the day I die. But having help eases that a bit. There’s probably people out there who are older than me that it’s happened to.

“I want to say that they must come forward. It makes your life hell keeping it inside. You feel like there’s nobody there. But now I feel like there are people there.”

In court, prosecutor Jeremy Janes said it was the oldest sex abuse case he had come across in his career.

He said: “When Mackie first began he was 13 to 14 – it carried on into young adulthood.”

Mr Janes said Mackie’s first victim was the principal one. He told the court: “She said it happened on numerous occasions. By his pleas, he accepts it happened regularly. There was a palpable sense of relief in this lady when she realised he was about to acknowledge what he had done to her.”

Mr Janes said Mackie abused one of the other girls twice and the other once.

One of these victims said it had affected her “ability to have a normal relationship with men” and she had never forgotten what he did to her.

Mackie admitted gross indecency with a child and four offences of indecent assault on a child.

Keith Raynor, in mitigation, said: “It all took place when Mr Mackie was a juvenile. He has committed no sexual offences since this took place. He has been a good father and husband.”

The court heard that Mackie, who walked with a stick, was not in good health – suffering from osteomyelitis, an infection of the bones.

Jailing Mackie, Judge Michael Fowler said: “The sentence cannot in any way pay or compensate for what you have done. Each girl suffered. Your behaviour has damaged their individual lives irreparably.”

Mackie must sign the sex offenders’ register and is banned from working with children for life.

After the court hearing, a police spokeswoman said allegations of sex abuse would always be investigated however old the offences.

She said: “This case proves that they can result in successful prosecutions.”