March 2002

Jailed for boy rape

A CONVICTED paedophile who raped a young teenager attending an outdoor concert where popstars Steps and Hear’Say were performing has been jailed for four years.

Former scout leader Michael Pierce, 44, had been out of jail for only five months when he lured the 14-year-old away from the Children in Need concert in Southsea, Hants.

Pierce, who admitted the offence, was caught by DNA evidence on a tissue he had used after the attack in a seafront hut.

The Portsmouth Crown Court judge also put Pierce on the sex offenders’ list indefinitely.