July 2021

Predatory paedophile who got into bed with sleeping girls in sex attacks 15 years apart jailed

A predatory paedophile who got into bed with two sleeping young girls in sex attacks 15 years apart has been jailed for more than 15 years.

Wayne Thompson is now behind bars after a jury convicted him of raping a teenager and sexually assaulting another.

The 34-year-old, of Gateshead, preyed on his young victim as she slept, entering her room and carrying out the sickening attack in 2019.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the girl woke up to find Thompson on top of her.

Despite being “scared”, she told someone what had happened to her the next day, and Thompson was charged with rape.

While he was awaiting trial, a second victim came forward to say she had been sexually assaulted 15 years earlier by Thompson.

She explained how he had entered her room as she slept and sexually assaulted her.

A court heard she woke up to find he had pulled down her pants and underwear, and that “whatever he was doing was hurting her”.

Thompson denied both allegations, but a jury found him guilty of rape and assault by penetration.

A statement by the first victim read to the court said: “I was a child when Wayne abused me.

“It didn’t take long before I went off the rails and started to abuse alcohol.

“I was a child and he took my innocence when I was asleep.

“I feel devastated that it has happened not just to me, but to someone else.

“I constantly think about what happened and how Wayne has stolen my youth.”

The second victim said in her statement Thompson had “ruined my life and any future I was building”.

She said she struggles with depression “sometimes feel like I don’t want to be here anymore,” adding, “Day to day life is a real struggle for me.”

Liam O’Brien, representing Thompson, said he “continues to maintain he didn’t commit these offences”.

Judge Penny Moreland jailed Thompson for 15 years, with an extended licence period of five years, and ordered him to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

She said: “On two occasions, 15 years apart, you got into bed with sleeping girls and committed penetrative sexual offences.”

He was also sentenced to eight months behind bars for dangerous driving after leading police on a chase through Gateshead whilst on bail for rape.