April 2021

Killingworth child rapist robbed young boy of his childhood and left him feeling ‘worthless’

A child rapist who robbed his victim of his childhood and left him feeling worthless has been jailed for 11 years.

Paedophile Peter Hughes subjected the boy to shocking attacks when he was as young as six.

The 47-year-old pleaded guilty to offences including rape, indecent assault and sexual assault during a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court.

As the pervert was jailed, the victim said the impact of Hughes’ abuse had devastated his childhood and the consequences have persisted into adulthood.

He said: “What he made me do to him and what he did to me made me feel worthless about myself.

“I didn’t even want to be alive anymore really.

“I fear someone else might harm me and I’m still terrified of the dark.

“Sometimes I close my eyes and I see him there. Some of the dreams I have, he is there in them.

“All I can see is him. This sometimes prevents me falling asleep or disturbs me when I’m sleeping.”

The victim, who said only his family had stopped him from killing himself, added: “I feel I can’t have a relationship with anyone now. Who would be with me? Who would be with someone as broken as me or with someone who has been molested.

“My childhood has been robbed and now my adulthood has been robbed due to the anxiety I have.

“Peter Hughes took away my opportunity to have a proper education because of the fear and anxiety I felt in school due to what he had done to me.”

Hughes, of Hadrian Court, Killingworth, North Tyneside, who was cautioned for possessing indecent images in 2013, pleaded guilty to two counts of oral rape, indecent assault, and two counts of sexual assault.

Judge Julie Clemitson jailed him for 11 years, plus an extended licence period of an extra year. He will also be subject to sex offender registration, a sexual harm prevention order and a restraining order for life.

The judge told Hughes: “His victim impact statement describes how you very clearly robbed him of much of his childhood and your actions have continued to have a profound impact on him into adulthood, so much so he sees no value in his own life.”