May 2021: Picture update

September 2017: Updated picture

May 1991

Man kept schoolboy prisoner and indecently assaulted him


Thompson pictured above in May 2015

A man has been found guilty after a weeks trial of:

  • Falsely imprisoning a teenage boy at his home in Grange Mount in Birkenhead threatening to kill him

  • Administering an noxious substance

  • Assault occasioning actual bodily harm

  • Attempted buggery

  • Indecent assault

Neil Brian Gerrard Thompson, aged 34, has been jailed for six years at Liverpool Crown Court

Judge Sir Sanderson Temple QC said when sentencing Thompson, that he had been convicted of very grave offences. Over a period of hours, the recorder added,  you subjected that boy to an horrendous ordeal

Mr Robert Atherton – prosecution – had told the court that having taken the boy – who must not be identified – into his house and had accused him of stealing some cannabis

When this was denied, he

  • Threatened to cut his throat with a pen knife

  • Tried to burn his hair with a cigarette lighter

  • Poured petrol on him and threatened to light it

  • Put washing up liquid into his mouth thinking if the boy had swallowed the cannabis then it would make him vomit.

Finally he turned to sexual and depraved acts by repeatedly indecently assaulting the boy.