November 2011

Man, 61, jailed for ‘campaign of rape’ against young girl

SEX offender Mohammed Eagle has been jailed for 16 years after repeatedly raping and indecently assaulting a young girl in a series of “grave and appalling” offences.

He caused her “humiliation and degradation” and forced her to commit sex acts with him, a court heard.

Eagle, 61, formerly of Milton Road, Grimsby, denied nine offences, including five of rape and four of indecent assault against the same victim. He was convicted by a jury after a trial at Grimsby Crown Court.

Judge Kate Buckingham told Eagle at a resumed hearing before Hull Crown Court: “You do not accept responsibility for the offences and consequently you show no remorse. Your current stance ofcomplete denial does not bode well for your treatment. This was grave and appalling offending.”

Eagle had “silenced” the girl by “warnings and pressure” and took advantage of her.

“The abuse has had a significant effect on her,” said Judge Buckingham. “The effect of your offending on her has been very damaging.”

Eagle, recently living in Bradford before being remanded in custody for 27 days, was given an indefinite sexual offences prevention order and was told to register as a sex offender indefinitely.

Nicholas Clarke, mitigating, said there had been a “campaign of rape” against the girl and the offences had affected the victim psychologically.

No violence, threats or particular pressure were used and the girl could now have some closure, said Mr Clarke.

Eagle was convicted after a second trial. A previous jury had been discharged in March after failing to reach verdicts. He had a previous conviction in 1978 for having unlawful sex with a 14-year-old girl and had been jailed for 18 months.

After the hearing, case officer Detective Constable Rebecca Houchin said: “It has been a long and traumatic time for the victim, but we will investigate thoroughly in cases such as this.

“It has been tough for her, but we will support victims through the prosecution and see them through to the end. We have got a good conviction on this occasion.”