October 2002

Child sex beast jailed

A PREDATORY paedophile who sexually abused a young boy over a six-year period was today starting an eight year jail term.

John Grennan, aged 40, was described by a judge at Bolton Crown Court as a “real risk to children”.

Grennan also admitted indecency with seven other boys who he got to know through the victim.

The sexual abuse started when the boy was five or six years old and continued until the boy was 11 when he complained to his mother.

Grennan “wormed” his way into the family.

But Grennan continued abusing his victim on a virtual daily basis, indecently touching him and even fondling the boy when he was asleep.

Grennan admitted everything to the police and said the abuse had been so frequent he could not remember how many times it had happened.

Grennan, of Siddow Common, Leigh, admitted five specimen offences of indecent assault on the boy and asked for seven others against seven separate boys be taken into consideration.

Judge William Morris jailed him for six years and added a further two years under special extended sentence provisions.

He also extended the licence period, which means that Grennan can be recalled back to prison up to 10 years after the date of his release on licence.

Grennan showed no emotion as the judge told him it was a gross breach of the mother’s trust when he abused his young victim while he was in his care.

He said both the psychological and pre-sentence reports had indicated that Grennan had no real grasp of the impact of the abuse on his victims.

The court heard that Grennan had two previous convictions of a similar nature. In November 1988 he had been convicted of an indecent assault on a male aged over 16.

And, six years later in 1994, Grennan was jailed for two years for six counts of indecent assaults on males under 14 years of age.

Defending, Michael Wolff said that Grennan knew he was going to jail for a long period of time and wished to apologise to his victims.

He said: “I don’t recall reading a more sombre probation report. The report hasn’t got a good word to say about the defendant.”