August 2022

Sick paedophile locked 14-year-old girl in attic and sexually abused her

A vile paedophile locked a 14-year-old girl in his attic and sexually abused her.

Andrew Holland’s victim was branded a liar after police dropped their initial investigation into the child molester.

Decades later, he finally confessed to his sickening crimes and has now been brought to justice for sexual offences for a second time.

Liverpool Crown Court heard today, Tuesday, that the attack occurred in the attic room of the 60-year-old’s then home on Merseyside.

He asked the teenager “if she was willing to walk about naked for £20” and locked the door when she said no.

Holland – of no fixed abode, but previously of Alexandra Place in Crewe – then removed her lower garments, performed a sex act on her and kissed her on the lips. The pervert groped her breasts and pulled her hand towards his penis as he masturbated, although she pulled away.

The teen told her mum about the assault the following year, and the incident was reported to the police. But this was “not proceeded with” and she was “branded a liar”.

Then, in 2020, Holland was convicted of sexual offences against another girl and subsequently jailed for five years. Afterwards, he confessed in WhatsApp messages to assaulting the second youngster.

Holland – who has a total of seven previous convictions for 23 offences – admitted indecent assault during an earlier hearing. He was jailed for 32 months.

Sentencing, Judge Garett Byrne said: “You cynically sexually abused her when she was 14 years old. You locked the door, effectively keeping her prisoner.”

Holland was also handed a restraining order preventing him from contact the victim indefinitely and told to pay a victim surcharge.