April 2019

‘Dangerous’ Sunderland child sex attacker back behind bars after more victims speak out

A “dangerous” serial child sex attacker is back behind bars after more victims bravely spoke out about their sickening ordeals.

Derek Storey was jailed for eight years in 2013 for offences against four victims, both male and female, in the 1970s.

The now 57-year-old, who also has a conviction for sexually assaulting a child in 1990, was released in 2017, after serving half of the eight-year term.

But now at Newcastle Crown Court Storey, who a judge said poses a “high risk” to children, has today been sentenced to ten years and nine months imprisonment, with a three year extended licence period, for further shocking offences.

The court heard Storey was questioned by detectives about the new allegations while he was still serving his last sentence, in HMP Northumberland.

He said the fresh allegations were “not true”.

But on the day he was due to stand trial over the attacks, he pleaded guilty to 11 sexual assault charges.

Judge Jeremy Freedman said Storey must sign the sex offenders register and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for the rest of his life.

Judge Freedman told him: “Your sexual gratification was all that mattered to you.

“It is apparent you have shown no understanding, no empathy of the harm you have caused.

“I have not seen any remorse.

“You have no concept of the effect sexual abuse has on those children.”

The judge added: “The probation report assesses that you pose a high risk of serious harm to children through sexual offending. I agree.

“In my judgement, you do pose a high risk of serious harm to children through sexual offending and the public needs to be protected from you.

“You are, in short, dangerous.”

The court heard Storey had told one of his latest victims that his offending was their “little secret” and warned her not to tell anybody.

Both of the victims, who are now women, say what Storey did to them as children has blighted the rest of their lives.

One of them said in a statement she feels “empty, lost and confused” inside and that being near men in public makes her “stomach turn”.

The other said her ordeal is something that will “effect me for the rest of my life” and that she felt like she had done something wrong.

February 2014

Child sex attacker gets jail sentence cut

A RAPIST jailed for a sickening campaign of child sex abuse committed while he was a teenager has had his 11-year prison term slashed by an appeal judge.

Derek Storey, of Westheath Avenue, Sunderland, abused three girls and a boy in the 1970s, but it took three decades to bring him to justice.

Storey, now 51, was no older than 17 himself at the time.

Last August, he was jailed for 11 years at Newcastle Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to rape and 12 indecent assaults on the morning of a planned trial, with all four victims ready to give evidence.

But now, after an appeal by his lawyers, three judges at the Court of Appeal in London have slashed his sentence to eight years.

Sir John Griffith Williams, sitting with Lord Rupert Jackson and Judge Brian Barker, said: “We are satisfied that the sentences were, overall, manifestly excessive.”

The court heard the four victims were subjected to degrading sexual abuse on occasions in the 1970s, with Storey taking one young girl’s virginity.

In victim impact statements, they told of the terrible effect his abuse had had on their lives.

“Each of the female victims, in particular, has suffered long-term effects as a consequence of the abuse to which they were subjected,” said the judge.

When he was finally sentenced, Judge David Wood reduced Storey’s punishment to reflect the fact that he was himself very young at the time.

But his lawyers argued that the sentence was still too high, particularly given the fact that he has not reoffended in more than 30 years.

Giving his judgement, Mr Justice Griffith Williams said the court had been provided with up-to-date statements from Storey’s four victims, all now adults.

“Each considers that there should be no reduction in sentence in this case,” he said.

“While we are mindful of their views, they should understand that this court’s function is to apply sentencing guidelines and to apply the applicable law in the case.”

Newcastle Crown Court was told last year how the abuse came to light when one of the victims referred to Storey as a “dirty pervert” in a Facebook conversation.

Eventually, all four came forward.

After he was arrested in June last year, Storey claimed the allegations were all “fabricated”.

August 2013

Vile Sunderland sex attacker told child victim to ‘shut up and lie there’

A MAN is behind bars after being jailed for 11 years for rape and a further string of sex offences.

Derek Storey carried out the sickening attacks on four young victims over the space of several years.

The 51-year-old, of Westheath Avenue, Sunderland, is today starting the 11-year sentence for the “devastating” abuse, which has plagued his victims throughout their lives.

One of his victims has made eight attempts on her life as a result of the abuse, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Another victim branded Storey a “sick individual who deserves no compassion for what he’s done”.

A third said: “Whatever happens to him, it’s not enough. He has destroyed me and my young life.”

The court heard that Storey’s twisted behaviour began with molesting his first victim, going on to rape her a few years later, telling her to “shut up and lie there”.

The abuse first came to light when one of the victims referred to Storey as a “dirty pervert” in a Facebook conversation.

Eventually all four came forward.

When he was arrested on June 12 last year, Storey claimed the allegations were all “fabricated”.

Alec Burns, defending Storey, said that the abuse was a case of “curiosity” that had gone too far.

He said: “Things started off as curiosity but he accepts that things went far far beyond that.

“He seems to have accepted responsibility for his activities.”

Storey pleaded guilty to 11 counts of indecent assault and one count of rape on the morning of the trial, with all four victims ready to give evidence.

Sentencing him at Newcastle Crown Court, Judge David Wood said the effects on the victims had been devastating.

“They have all suffered and it’s really a wonder that all four of them have survived.

“These offences are so serious, only custody can be justified for them.”