Febuary 2000


A MAN raped an eight-year-old girl after her mother had given him a place to stay, a court heard.

The family, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had taken Arthur Naylor into their South Tyneside home when he found himself without accommodation.

But while the 35-year-old was staying there he raped the family’s eight-year-old daughter.

One morning the girl went downstairs to find Naylor asleep on a chair in the living room.

When he woke up he raped the youngster and told her he would kill her if she told her parents.

However, the girl told her mother, but was unable to make an official complaint to the police.

Several years later the girl told the police what had happened at her home in 1995.

Prosecutor Tim Parkin told Newcastle Crown Court: “The defendant met a lady and they became friends.”

He added: “The daughter was eight years old at the time when the defendant was there.

“When she woke up one morning she found the defendant asleep on a chair and when he woke up he moved near to her, took off his jeans, then raped her, telling her that if she told her mother or father he would come and find her and kill her.

“She was understandably very upset.”


Yesterday Naylor, who has been staying at a Newcastle hostel, was sent to a secure hospital under the mental health act after pleading guilty to the rape and also to two other charges of indecent assault relating to a young boy.

The seven-year-old boy, also from South Tyneside, said that Naylor had rubbed himself against him on two occasions and told his mother.

Mr Parkin said that Naylor had at first tried to blame the rape on the girl.

The young girl has since been bullied by local children and tried to kill herself by taking an overdose of tablets.

The seven-year-old boy’s mother said he still wakes up screaming in the night.

After hearing that Naylor has a history of learning difficulties and would be a “serious risk” to the public, Judge Maurice Carr ordered him to be placed in their secure Hospital and be put on the Sex Offenders Register for life.