June 2016

Wirral pensioner jailed for 19 years for sex offences


An OAP was put behind bars for 19 years for a catalogue of sex offences.

William Riley, 78, of Penkett Road, Liscard, Wirral , was found guilty of 18 counts of sexual abuse against one victim in the 1960s and 70s, including rape of a female under 16, indecent assault on a girl under 16, and gross indecency with a girl under 14.

In a victim impact statement, read out to Liverpool Crown Court, his victim said: “Growing up I was very shy of my body especially in school on trips. I did not laugh or joke and I often felt I was not like the other children.

“The abuse affected my life on a daily basis in many ways including my schooling and relationships.

“I have lived with the abuse for most of my life and I have not until more recently been able to fully tell anyone about it. Even now I am still feeling quite low in mood and avoiding people. I only seem to feel in control and safe in my own home. I could never forgive William Riley for what he has done to me because I don’t know at times who I really am.”

Merseyside police welcomed the sentence.