Life for toilet rape paedophile

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Published: Saturday 22nd November 2014 by The News Editor

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A man who raped an 11-year-old boy in the toilets of a major shopping centre has been jailed for life.

John Ferrier, 69, of Ormskirk Road, Wigan, was found guilty of rape at Manchester Crown Court yesterday after already admitting possessing what police called a bladed article.

Greater Manchester Police said he approached the boy in the toilets at Manchester’s Arndale shopping centre on October 18 last year, asking him to enter the cubicle with him.

When the boy refused he dragged him inside and raped him. The victim then fled and told a member of the public before speaking to a security guard, who detained Ferrier until police arrived.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, ran upon seeing Ferrier, but was traced three days later when he told police officers visiting his school about the incident.

Ferrier was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of eight years.

Detective Constable Simon France from the Serious Sexual Offences Unit said: “I would like to commend the victim, who with the support of his family and specially trained officers, had the courage to come forward and tell police what happened to him.

“He is a young boy who has had a terrifying ordeal and it was not easy for him to admit what had happened. With his support we have been able to bring Ferrier before the courts and he will now spend a substantial period of time in prison.

“I would also like to thank members of the public and the staff at Manchester Arndale as it was due to their quick actions that meant a dangerous man was stopped and arrested at the scene.”

Published: Saturday 22nd November 2014 by The News Editor

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