March 2011

Pervert Shaun Everiss jailed for sex attack on boy


HIS horrific sex attacks left his young victim with emotional and physical scars that will last a lifetime.

And child rapist Shaun Everiss is now starting a long stretch behind bars after a judge described his crimes as some of the cruellest and most damaging he had ever come across.

The 40-year-old was jailed for 18 years after a jury convicted him of regularly raping and sexually assaulting a schoolboy for almost two years.

Sentencing, Judge Guy Whitburn said he had never before come across a sex-attacker who had caused his victim so much pain.

He said: “It’s quite clear what a devastating effect you have had on that young man. Seldom has one come across a case when so much devastation has been caused on a young life.

“Why you chose to do what you did is a matter for you and your conscience.”

The jury heard how Everiss, of Coronation Street, North Shields, met his victim in 2005 when the boy was in his early teens

Over time the boy became concerned about the way the Everiss was acting towards him.

Anne Richardson, prosecuting, told the jury: “The defendant began to get too friendly with the  victim and was ‘touchy feely’.”

The touching then progressed to rape. The victim lived trapped in the nightmare world of his abuse, never telling anyone of the horrific attacks he would regularly suffer.

The sexual abuse was not revealed until 2010, when the boy was undergoing treatment for mental health problems and he finally told his carers what had happened to him.

Everiss was arrested in March last year. The rapist always denied abusing the boy, and maintained his innocence throughout his trail.

But Everiss was found guilty of four counts of rape, two counts of sexual touching and one count of harassment.

Jailing him and ordering he sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life, Judge Whitburn said: “It was clear when the boy was giving his evidence what a devastating effect you had on that young man. I consider this to be a very serious case.

“You have no remorse and there are no mitigating factors.”

The sentence has been welcomed by the detectives who brought Everiss to justice.

Det Cons Paul Godfrey, of Northumbria Police’s rape investigation team, said: “The sentence given by the court today clearly reflects the seriousness of Everiss’ actions and we hope this gives the family the justice they deserve.

“This has been a  very difficult ordeal for the victim and his family and we hope they can now move on with their lives.”

Det Cons Godfrey today urged other abuse victims to seek help.

“Police investigate every single report of rape, even if it is historic,” he said. “Victims of rape or any sexual assault often feel vulnerable or ashamed by what has happened to them.

“As difficult as it may be, we stress wholeheartedly to any victim to report any incident, recent or historic, to police. Yesterday’s outcome shows we will take action and that justice can be seen.”