Evil Hal­i­fax rapist jailed for 18 years

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A Hal­i­fax man has been jailed for 18 years af­ter be­ing found guilty of re­peat­edly rap­ing a young girl more than three decades ago. As he locked up 58- yearold Gary Thomp­son, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said the case showed that when vic­tims of ap­palling abuse had the courage to speak about their or­deal the po­lice, the courts and the jury sys­tem would not let them down.

Thomp­son, of Wood­lands Mount, was de­scribed by his own bar­ris­ter as a “model fa­ther” to his own fam­ily, but more than 30 years ago he sub­jected his then young vic­tim to a har­row­ing cam­paign of rape and cru­elty.

A jury at Brad­ford Crown Court found Thomp­son guilty on a se­ries of spec­i­men charges of rape and in­de­cent as­sault and he was also con­victed of fur­ther al­le­ga­tions of at­tempted bug­gery and cru­elty to­wards the same vic­tim, who can­not be iden­ti­fied for legal rea­sons.

Pros­e­cu­tor Ni­cholas Askins sum­marised the con­tents of a vic­tim per­sonal state­ment pro­vided by the now adult com­plainant in which she said Thomp­son’s of­fend­ing had “ru­ined her life”.

He said the woman had suf­fered break­downs and other dif­fi­cul­ties and added:”She found the process of giv­ing ev­i­dence very stress­ful, but feels now that per­haps she can move for­ward.”

The court heard that Thomp­son’s o f fend­ing stopped in his mid-twen­ties and his bar­ris­ter Gil­lian Batts stressed that there had not been a fin­ger of sus­pi­cion pointed at him in re­la­tion to any sim­i­lar be­hav­iour since.

Thomp­son, who suf­fers from a de­gen­er­a­tive spinal con­di­tion, re­mained seated as Judge Durham Hall out­lined the shock­ing de­tails of the of­fences. The judge de­scribed the his­tor­i­cal abuse as re­lent­less and ter­ri­fy­ing and said at one stage that he could not re­mem­ber deal­ing with a more har­row­ing case.

Judge Durham Hall said the of­fend­ing soon es­ca­lated into a “re­lent­less cam­paign of sus­tained and re­peated rapes” which some­times caused the vic­tim to vomit.

The judge told Thomp­son that “true evil” had been at work for a few years in his life.

Thomp­son, who had de­nied all the charges, will have to reg­is­ter as a sex of­fender with the po­lice fol­low­ing his re­lease from pri­son and he will now be sub­ject to a sex­ual harm pre­ven­tion or­der for the rest of his life.

Speak­ing af­ter the case, Det Insp David Shaw said: “The vic­tim in this case has been in­cred­i­bly brave in giv­ing their ev­i­dence, and now Thomp­son will spend a sig­nif­i­cant part of the rest of his life be­hind bars.”

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