Jail for ‘predatory’ paedophile who abused young children
A ‘predatory’ paedophile has been jailed for a string of attacks over two decades.
David Walker, 54, entered the bedroom of his first victim, a boy, while he was asleep before restraining and raping him.
The attacks were repeated over the course of several weeks and Walker also attacked another boy during this period.
In another attack years later during the 1990s, Walker, of Foxfield Road, Manchester, indecently assaulted a young girl.
A hearing at Manchester Crown Court heard that he went on to abuse and rape the girl in her bed.
One of the children was aged as young as three when the abuse happened.
During the hearing one of his traumatised victims, described how what had happened to him at the hands of pervert Walker had torn his life apart, making him unable to trust people and driving him into a life of drink, drugs and gangs.
Today Walker was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of seven sexual offences – including rape and indecent assault.
Officers have now praised his victims for their courage in helping the police put him behind bars
Detective Constable Susan Hazell said: “David Walker has left these poor victims with traumatising memories which will unfortunately last a lifetime.
“He is a predatory paedophile, attacking when the opportunity arose , when these poor children were unfortunate enough to have been in the same house as him as they slept.
“One of the men has admitted that this abuse has dramatically changed his life for the worst, leaving him with mental health issues which have led him down a self-destructive path.
“That is the effect this type of abuse has on these victims, it can destroy lives and leaves a devastating legacy which many find hard to free themselves from.
“This conviction only came about after they were brave enough to come forward to police and share their ordeals.
“I want the public to know that if they were victims of similar abuse in the past, no matter how long ago it was, that they can rely on the police to listen, understand and investigate to the fullest extent.
“They will be believed, they will be supported and they can trust that we will do everything in our power to bring the perpetrators of this abuse to justice.”