Ex-cop jailed for 19 years for vile sex abuse of child

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

A former Ash­ford po­lice of­fi­cer has been jailed for 19 years af­ter a judge told him he had “mer­ci­lessly sex­u­ally abused a child to ful­fil his sick fan­tasies”.

Ex-sol­dier Colin Wraight, 66, was this week con­victed of rap­ing and as­sault­ing his young vic­tim, who col­lapsed af­ter giv­ing ev­i­dence at Can­ter­bury Crown Court.

The pen­sioner, who served with Kent Po­lice in Whit­stable and Rams­gate as well as in Ash­ford, had de­nied the charges against him, putting the girl through the or­deal of a week-long trial.

Her heart­bro­ken mum told the court how her daugh­ter has suf­fered se­vere psy­cho­log­i­cal harm since the vile at­tacks and now reg­u­larly ex­pe­ri­ences night­mares.

In a state­ment read out as Wraight was sen­tenced, she said their lives will never be the same again, adding that she tries to stay calm but “in­side my head I am scream­ing”.

She also said her daugh­ter feared Wraight, of St Mar­garet’s Street, Can­ter­bury, would come through her bed­room win­dow, and said: “I just hold her very, very tightly.”

The jury had heard how the vic­tim drew pic­tures to re­veal to her mother that she had been sex­u­ally abused.

She sketched part of a hand and a pair of hand­cuffs, later telling po­lice that Wraight had threat­ened to cuff her to a bed and made a “sick video” of the abuse, which she made him delete.

When de­tec­tives r ai ded Wraight’s then home on the Sea View car­a­van park in Swale­cliffe they dis­cov­ered sets of hand­cuffs, a po­lice trun­cheon and a vi­bra­tor, to­gether with other sex toys and il­le­gal child images on his com­puter.

Former army war­rant of­fi­cer Wraight, who also worked as a se­cu­rity guard at the crown court, was ar­rested at the car­a­van park on May 5 and was later charged, but de­nied all the of­fences.

He told the jury that the sex toys were bought be­cause he was into bondage with a lover but strug­gled with erec­tile dys­func­tion.

Af­ter his re­lease Wraight must serve an­other two years on li­cence.

Judge Ru­pert Lowe told Wraight he had a sin­is­ter side to his char­ac­ter that he had kept hid­den for years.

Colin Wraight has been jailed for 19 years af­ter sex­u­ally abus­ing a young girl

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