September 2009

Girl’s abuser jailed for 10 years

An Aberdeen grandfather who subjected a young Wigan girl to two years of sexual abuse has been jailed for 10 years.

Alistair Middleton, 54, tried to flee the country while on bail and was arrested as he waited for a plane at Manchester Airport.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that he was heading for Thailand where he planned to kill himself.

Middleton, from Loch Street, Aberdeen, pleaded guilty to four offences of rape and three of indecent assault.

The court heard how he began abusing the girl when she was 13 in Wigan in July 2000, under the pretence of comforting her because she had been bullied at school.

‘Manipulated situation’

Then when she was 14 he started regularly raping her.

The abuse suddenly ended in June 2002 but it was not until last year that Middleton’s victim confided in a boyfriend.

In October she told her mother and the police were later alerted.

Middleton was arrested in breach of his bail conditions as he was waiting to board a plane.

The court heard that on one occasion, Middleton, who has been married four times, broke down in tears and asked for his victim’s forgiveness and threatened to kill himself, but the abuse continued.

Judge Graham Morrow, QC, ordered Middleton, a former auxiliary nurse, to sign the sex offenders register for life and banned him from being alone with children under 16 and using a different name.

The judge said: “You manipulated situations so you could abuse and rape her.”