March 2016

Paedophile sentenced to 14 years

A paedophile has been jailed after subjecting a young girl to repeated sexual attacks include rape.

Taxi driver David Houghton, 54 of Oldham was found guilty by a jury of 12 counts of serious sexual offences relating to a child aged under 16-years-old.

The court heard that the child was first abused when she was just six-years-old and it continued until well into her teenage years.

Houghton denied all the charges against him. But was found guilty of:

  • One count of child rape

  • One count of grooming a child

  • Ten charges of indecent assault on a child aged under 16

Just before he was sentenced, a note written by Houghton was given to the judge in which he finally admitted to the offences. 

On 24th March 2016, at Manchester Crown Court, David Houghton was sentenced to the following:

  • 14-years imprisonment

  • Must sign sex offenders register for life

  • Subject to sexual harm prevention order until further notice