Update: Daniel Laird has now been released

November 2016

Dangerous paedophile subjected young girl to sexual abuse

A paedophile that committed serious sex offences against a six year old girl has been handed an extended determinate sentence.

Unemployed Daniel Laird, 34 of Cotmanhay, Derbyshire appeared at Nottingham Crown Court where he faced multiple sex offences against a child aged under 13.

Because Laird refused to admit the offences, it forced the young victim to give evidence in court via video link. 

The court was told that Laird who was a friend of the family had crept into the bedroom of the six year victim whilst she was asleep. The victim woke to find Laird was molesting her, which culminated in a series of serious sexual offences. 

After the attack, the young girl told her parents what had happened and police were called. The victim was subsequently examined by doctors who confirmed the child had suffered vaginal trauma.

The offences all took place during one incident.

An expert stated that Laird was a dangerous sex offender and posed a high risk of re-offending.

The judge handed Laird an extended determinate sentence of seven years – comprising of six years imprisonment and a one year extended licence.

Laird was told to adhere to a sexual harm prevention order and must register as a sex offender for life.