September 2014

Jailed paedophile tried to sell Rose West receipt


A paedophile has been let off with a caution for selling Rose West-related merchandise on eBay.

Sex offender George Galloway was selling a prison canteen jail receipt – which contained confidential information about West – on the online auction site.

Galloway was working in the canteen of Low Newton Prison, near Durham, where West is being held, when he swiped the receipt.

The item required a starting bid of £300. He was selling it from his cell when he was caught.

Cleveland Police have revealed Galloway, 50, from Middlesbrough, has been let off with a caution.

Tory MP Philip Davies said: “I can’t understand why on earth this person could do this in the first place.”

The Ministry of Justice launched a major internal investigation after the receipt appeared on eBay in April. The jail’s computer system has now been changed to stop tills generating duplicate receipts.

West was convicted of 10 murders in November 1995 after remains of victims were found at the Cromwell Street “house of horrors” she shared with her partner Fred.

He was set to stand trial for 12 murders but committed suicide aged 53 on January 1, 1995, while on remand in prison. She is serving life.

Galloway, who continues to protest his innocence, was convicted in February 2007 of abusing two girls under the age of 16 between 1996 and 2004.

He is being held at HMP Frankland, which is near womens’ nick, Low Newton. As an earned privilege male inmates can work in the female canteen.

A Cleveland Police spokesman last night confirmed he had been cautioned for taking the receipt.

A spokesman for eBay said the auction listing was removed from the online market place as soon as it was brought to the company’s attention.

He said: “Our offensive materials policy does not allow the sale of offensive items on our site, including those related to criminal activity.”

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said: “We have reviewed what happened and put measures in place to make sure this does not occur again.”

July 2007

Runaway sex beast jailed for 10 years

A PERVERT who raped and abused a young girl before he fled to Canada has been jailed for 10 years.

Hartlepool man George Galloway has still not faced up to the abuse he inflicted on a young girl for four years, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Galloway, 43, was found guilty in his absence earlier this year of one count of rape and four specimen charges of indecent assault, offences that he denies.

The trial went ahead despite Galloway fleeing to the US and then Canada, and he was only brought back into the country after he was captured by state-of-the-art recognition technology while trying to apply for a driving licence.

And when inside a Canadian prison cell he wrote to the Mail to protest his innocence.

Police praised the sentence and said it is a “clear reflection” of the seriousness of the offences.

Detective Inspector Jason Dickson, of Cleveland Police’s child abuse investigation unit, said: “The biggest issue for the victim and her family is the time that it has taken.

“Because of his attempt to avoid justice it has brought extended distress to the family and their lives have been put on hold.

“He thought by leaving the country that his crimes wouldn’t be thought about, but Cleveland Police’s child abuse investigation unit will leave no stone unturned and will get these people before the courts.”

Christine Eggerton, prosecuting, told the court the offences were only uncovered when the young girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told a friend about the abuse after spotting Galloway on a bus.

The prosecutor said Galloway had earlier told the girl not to tell anyone about what he had done as it was “their secret”.

When he was finally brought before Teesside Crown Court for sentencing Judge John Walford was told that Galloway “continually denied” the offences during an interview with probation officers preparing a pre-sentence report.

However, Paul Newcombe, mitigating, said: “He has no wish, intention or inclination to repeat this sort of behaviour.

“The offences are of a little age and there never has been a suggestion that he has turned his attentions to other youngsters.”

Mr Newcombe said Galloway has feared for his safety while on remand in prison as he believes the other inmates know what he has been found guilty of, and said he has avoided any interaction.

Galloway, formerly of Pinero Grove, Hartlepool, admitted to one count of failing to answer to bail after absconding before his trial.

Judge John Walford told Galloway: “I cannot over look when it comes to sentence the fact that your absconding prolonged the ordeal for the victim.”

Galloway was jailed for 10 years, ordered to remain on the sex offender’s register for life, and ordered never to work with children for the rest of his life.