August 2014

FORMER taxi driver jailed for child rape

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A man has been jailed for 12 years for raping two girls in Guernsey during the 1970s and early 1980s.

Former taxi driver Neil Hastie, 65, had been found guilty of three historical counts of rape and three of indecent assault against under-age girls.

The two victims were 11 and 13 years old at the time of the offences.

The 65-year-old, known for his involvement in table tennis and other sports such as water polo, had denied the charges, claiming the two women, unknown to one another, had lied about having sex with him when they were under 16.

The first woman to make a complaint, now 43, had been just 11 in the summer of 1981 when Hastie groomed her by taking her out on motorbike rides and buying her drinks and ice-creams.

The girl was raped three times by Hastie – the first time on a cliff path, the second at his home and the third at a building site he was working at.

She told the court she had found the courage to speak out when her daughter turned 11.

‘It is not something I can keep as a sordid secret any more,’ she told Jurats.

Sentencing Hastie in Guernsey’s Royal Court Judge Russell Finch said the defendant “lacked any sense of remorse” and his actions were “simply evil”.

Hastie was also given a five month extended sentence to be served on his release from prison.