February 2020

Convicted child rapist who molested two girls years locked up for 17 years

A child rapist who blighted the lives of two girls with sexual abuse decades ago has finally been brought to justice.

Remorseless paedophile Maurice Holliday, 75, begins a 17-year prison sentence today as his monstrous past behaviour caught up with him.

He was already a convicted sex offender when he raped and molested the girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

He served a three-year prison sentence imposed in 1965 for raping another underage girl whom he and others had lured from an amusement park.

He went on to abuse the two girls in the latest case, which went to trial at Teesside Crown Court this week.

As a young man, he touched and had sex with the first girl.

She told in a statement read out in court how Holliday took an interest in her when she was underage.

She said: “I didn’t know anything about life.

“I later came to realise how much he groomed me and as I became more mature I realised how wrong it was and how he had used me.

“The thoughts about what happened never really left the back of my mind.

“The build-up to this case has taken its toll on me. I’ve lost weight and I worry and fret a lot.”

Holliday went on to rape and sexually assault another girl repeatedly, amid violence and threats to ensure her silence.

The judge, Recorder Allison Hunter QC, told Holliday: “You took her childhood.

“She was subjected to these grotesque offences.

“There were threats against her to prevent her reporting the offences that you committed against her.”

She said Holliday inflicted severe psychological harm on the vulnerable girl.

“You have shown no remorse,” added the judge.

Holliday denied all wrongdoing and put the women through the ordeal of giving evidence in a trial.

A jury unanimously convicted him on three counts of rape and six of indecent assault.

Holliday, from Darlington , was jailed for 17 years, with an extra year’s licence as “an offender of particular concern”.

He will be on the sex offenders’ register for life.

The judge spoke to the victims in the public gallery, saying: “Thank you for your dignity.

“I’m sorry that the process has been so difficult.

“I hope you feel that a measure of justice has been done in this case.”