March 2015

Child rapist who led a “campaign of sexual abuse” against a young girl has been jailed for 14 years

John Macneil

A PREDATOR who led a “campaign of sexual abuse” against a young girl has been jailed for 14 years.

John Macneil, 63, had got away with his vile crimes for more than 20 years, but was eventually convicted by a jury of 14 counts of rape and six counts of gross indecency with a child.

His victim finally told the police of her ordeal after Macneil came to her home, years after the last time he raped her and asked her to show him her breasts “for old time’s sake”.

She started suffering flashbacks and nightmares of the abuse, which she had endured in silence for many years.

Macneil showed no emotion, other than to shake his head at the jury as the list of guilty verdicts were read out at Hull Crown Court.

Sentencing Macneil, Judge Tahir Khan QC, told him: “I have no doubt, at all, you deliberately planned to abuse her the way you did, beginning with low-level gross indecency offences and progressing on to sex offending of the utmost gravity.

“One can only imagine how this abuse affected her.

“This was completely beyond imagination.”

Macneil, of Newington Street, west Hull, controlled his victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, by convincing her no one would believe her if she told them of the abuse.

She finally confided in her partner after Macneil showed up at her house years after the abuse ended and asked her to show him her breasts.

Her partner came home and, as he walked into the living room, he heard Macneil say, “get your t*** out”.

Prosecuting, Geraldine Kelly said: “Her partner was out when he first entered her home and he could not resist the temptation to ask her when they were alone to show him her breasts.

“Fortunately, her partner came home and brought an end to him progressing matters any further.

“She eventually decided it was time to tell the police after she had a number of bad dreams.”

Macneil told police he had consensual sex with his victim when she was 18 but denied ever indecently assaulting and raping her.

Sentencing him to 14 years in jail, Judge Kahn QC said: “I am sure you had a substantial hold over this young girl all of these years and had convinced her if she did tell somebody, no one would believe her, such was the power you had over her.”

Macneil must also sign the sex offenders register upon his release from jail.