December 2003

Paedophile jailed for abusing young boy

A family of a convicted paedophile has protested his innocence and vowed to clear his name.

Terence Donald was locked up for four years on Friday after being found guilty of three counts of indecent assault at Newcastle Crown Court.

The 51-year-old, from Scotswood, Newcastle, stood accused of systematically abusing a youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons, almost 20 years ago after befriending him and taking him for trips away.

A jury was told he touched the boy while they were sleeping in the same room before getting the youngster to do the same back.

Following sentencing last week, the boy’s step-dad said his family’s lives had been shattered by the abuse but today Donald’s daughter slammed both the verdict and sentence.

Nadine Donald told the Chronicle: “My dad is 100 per cent innocent. It’s all lies and they have torn my family apart.

“We’re still in shock at what has happened. We’ve been through eight months of hell since the police first knocked at his door.

“We’ve stood by him from the first moment and we will do whatever it takes to get him out of jail. He’s never been in prison before and this will really hit him hard.”

The 29-year-old, from Heaton, claims the allegations stemmed from a spiteful vendetta against her dad, who formerly worked as a psychiatric nurse at St Nicholas Hospital in Gosforth.

Reacting to the sentence today, the victim’s dad, who also cannot be named for legal reasons, said his family was delighted with the outcome and believes justice has definitely been done.

The victim, now aged 23, is rebuilding his life and has a girlfriend and young child.

Donald was sentenced to three four-year prison terms to run concurrently and put on the sex offenders’ register for life.