August 2020

Paedophile abused a child from the age of 6 for 12 years

A sexual predator has admitted six charges relating to sexually abusing a very young child for a period of 12 years

Joshua David Gray, aged 30, of School Road, Douglas, pleaded guilty to two charges of indecent assault, two of gross indecency with a child under the age of 16 and two charges of rape.

Gray’s victim was aged between just six and seven when the indecent assaults first began in 2007.

Deemster Graeme Cook heard the indecent assault had begun as ’periodic sexual touching’ when the victim was aged only six or seven years old.

Prosecutor James Robinson confirmed the prosecution was accepting the defence’s basis of plea.

The first charge of gross indecency related to a sex act which began when the victim was about 14 years old.

The second related to ’specific occasions of touching’.

All of these offences ranged from June 2007 to March 2019.

Gray also pleaded guilty to two charges of rape, which the court heard occurred between June 2014 and March 2019.

He had previously indicated no plea to these charges when he appeared before the lower courts earlier this year.

Deemster Cook confirmed that before sentencing Gray he wants a psychiatric report and a social enquiry report to be completed on him.

Gray will be remanded in custody until November 5 when he will be sentenced.