May 2023

Paedophile rapist ex-Helston town councillor told victim to smile during attack

An engineer and former town councillor has been convicted of the rape of two women and sexual abuse of three young girls.

George Dyer, 61, was convicted after a trial during which it was heard that he had a sexual interest in young girls.

Dyer, of Church Hill in Helston, where he previously served on the town council, was found guilty after a trial at Truro Crown Court of three counts of rape, six sexual assaults of a child under 13, three sexual activity with a child charges and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

The offences primarily took place in the Helston and Penzance areas.

It took a jury two hours to reach guilty verdicts.

Dyer, who worked as an aeronautical engineer, was remanded in custody and will be sentenced later this week. During the trial prosecutor Joss Ticehurst said that Dyer “had a troubling curiosity in young children”.

The rapes were committed against two different females.

One of the victims spoke of violence being used against her and her being unable to fight off Dyer’s body weight pressed on top of her.

During one of the attacks Dyer told one of the rape victims to “try to smile” and “give him a kiss” whilst she was crying and he went on to make threats to kill her. She spoke of being terrified of “angry and violent” Dyer. She went on to describe him as “a monster”.

The child victims each described to the jury how manipulative Dyer would touch their privates after grooming them. He showed one of them pornography and got her to dress in lingerie. He also made two of them carry out a fetish act too disgusting to describe.

While Dyer committed these horrific offences he lived a double life in well-paid jobs and dabbled in local politics.