April 2021

Paedophile who inflicted ‘dreadful’ sexual abuse on young girl sees himself as victim

A paedophile who inflicted ‘dreadful’ sexual abuse on a young girl sees himself as a victim, a judge said

Darren Tomlinson, from Salford, was jailed for 10-and-a-half years for the abuse he committed against his victim.

The victim, now an adult, bravely told the court of the devastating toll her ordeal continues to have, but said Tomlinson’s conviction gives her ‘closure’.

In an emotional speech, she said: “My story has finally been told, and people have listened.

“With that, I have the closure I desperately needed to move forward.”

Tomlinson, now 43, was found guilty of five counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted rape of a child

Describing his crimes as ‘dreadful offences’, Judge Clement Goldstone QC told him: “You see yourself as the victim.

“There is I’m afraid only one victim in this case, and it is not you.”

Manchester Crown Court heard that Tomlinson was in his early 20s when he abused the girl.

The judge described Tomlinson’s crimes as ‘repeated opportunistic offending’.

He said Tomlinson had ‘no thought’ of the ‘trauma and damage’ his behaviour caused.

During Tomlinson’s sentencing hearing, his victim spoke of the impact her experiences have had on her life.

“What he did to me has affected every part of who I am,” she said.

She said she had endured ‘crippling anxiety’ and panic attacks.

“I felt I was a failure at everything,” she added.

“At one point I thought the only way to find peace was to end my own life.”

Tomlinson, of Long Street, Swinton, will have to sign the sex offender’s register for life.