March 2020

Paedophile threatened to drown girl’s puppy if she told anyone what he had done to her

A paedophile who repeatedly abused a young girl told her that he would drown her puppy if she told anyone what he was doing to her.

Kenneth Mantle, 62, of Willingham Street, Grimsby subjected the girl to years of physical and emotional abuse in the 80s and 90s, threatening to harm her dog if she failed to do what he told her.

However, the victim eventually plucked up the courage to report him and he was jailed for 24 years at Grimsby Crown Court on Thursday for five counts of rape of a girl under the age of 16.

Detective Constable Nick Pearce said: ‘Mantle is an absolutely loathsome and vile man who showed no care and little regard for the young girl, using violent and heartless threats to terrify her into not telling anyone about the horror that he was putting her through.