May 2016

Pervert on the run is is jailed for 20 years for multiple child rape

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A dangerous paedophile with Wolverhampton links is on the run after being sentenced to 20 years in prison for almost identical rapes of two children.

Twisted Jose Manico, 44, of Templefield Square, Edgbaston, fled the country before he could face trial over the string of offences against a six-year-old girl in London and a boy of the same age in Birmingham a decade later.

The depraved father, who lived in Wolverhampton at the time of the London attacks, was described by a judge as a ‘dangerous offender’ who continued to pose a risk to children.

Passing sentence in Manico’s absence, Judge Mark Wall QC said; “I have no doubt he must be treated as a dangerous offender.

“He committed these offences at different points in his life separated by a great deal of time.

“He targeted both a boy and a girl and on each occasion they were children of real youth.

“There is a significant risk he will continue to offend in this way into the future.”

Depraved Manico, then living in Wolverhampton, targeted his first victim in London over an 18-month period between February 2003 and August 2004.

He subjected the girl, then aged between six and eight, to five sexual assaults and four rapes.

Four years later the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told police about the assaults but no charges were brought against Manico.

Now aged 20, she made a fresh complaint to police last year.

In August 2014, by that time living in Birmingham with a wife and children of his own, Manico targeted a young boy he was babysitting for a friend, committing two sexual assaults and one rape over a weekend.

During the ordeal Manico threatened to throw his terrified victim from a window if he told of the abuse.

It was only months later the boy told his mother of the assaults and police were informed and Manico was identified as the attacker in both cases.

Before going on the run, Manico denied the accusations saying both victims had made up the stories.

But following a trial in his absence at Birmingham Crown Court, a jury found him guilty of five counts of rape, six of sexual assault and one of indecent assault.

Their deliberations lasted less than two hours.

Sentencing Mancio to 20 years in prison with an extended licence period, Judge Wall said there was no mitigation for the offences which had been committed against vulnerable children.