Ian Crawford from Excessive Wycombe, pictured, was aged 13 when he raped his first sufferer, a nine-year-old woman, within the 1950s in Manchester. He attacked his second sufferer, aged 10, within the 1960s and 1970s
A former RAF man who subjected two youngsters to years of ‘disturbing and outrageous’ sexual abuse has been jailed.
Ian Crawford’s two victims waited half a century for justice, however have now seen the rapist put behind bars for 20 years.
Crawford, 76, was simply 13 when he first raped a nine-year-old woman.
That marketing campaign of abuse went on for years and solely got here to gentle many years later when the sufferer was in her 60s.
Crawford’s second sufferer was aged 10 when the he started sexually assaulting her.
He raped the kid ‘repeatedly’ over a number of years earlier than leaving Trafford and by no means having contact together with her once more.
Crawford – who continues to disclaim all offences – was discovered responsible of 9 separate counts of rape of a kid at Manchester’s Minshull Road Crown Courtroom.
He was sentenced to 6 years in jail for the counts regarding sufferer one, to be served consecutively to 14 years for the counts involving sufferer two – totalling 20 years, with an prolonged licence interval of 1 yr concurrent for every rely.
Kayleigh Wiggins, of Better Manchester Police’s Public Safety and Severe Crime Division, paid tribute to the ‘large bravery and dedication’ of the 2 victims.
‘What they’ve needed to reside with throughout all this time is totally incomprehensible, however they had been magnificent all through this investigation in giving proof and persevering all through to make sure that this monster’s really vulgar atrocities had been recognised by the court docket and justice served,’ she mentioned.
‘I’ve by no means fairly seen such a disturbing and outrageous case of this nature and Crawford was a free man for a lot too lengthy earlier than this verdict; it’s excessive time that he’s recognised because the sexual predator that he’s, no matter how way back it occurred.
‘These ladies had been subjected to essentially the most traumatic, abhorrent and humiliating experiences as little women and it has impacted them for all times.
‘I urge anybody who is especially affected by this case to take power from these two ladies’s braveness and get in touch with police within the strictest confidence.’
Minshull Road Crown Courtroom heard how Crawford, from Excessive Wycombe, subjected each women to years of sexual abuse.
His offending spanned a number of years between the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
His first sufferer was sexually abused by Crawford for years earlier than he first raped her, when she was simply nine-years-old and he was 13.
The sufferer described to the jury how the offending went on regardless of her excessive upset and visual misery, police say.
It was solely when Crawford left Better Manchester to affix the RAF that the woman stopped being usually raped by him.
When Crawford moved again to Trafford within the 1960s, he started sexually assaulting his second sufferer – then aged 10.
She was raped repeatedly over a number of years earlier than Crawford left the world and by no means had any contact together with her once more.
Minshull Road Crown Courtroom in Manchester, pictured, heard police had been alerted to Crawford’s offending in 2018 when one of many victims got here ahead following a radio advert providing assist for sexual abuse victims
Police turned conscious of Crawford’s offending in 2018, when the primary sufferer heard a radio advert for a assist programme for victims of sexual abuse known as the ‘Fact Challenge’.
She disclosed her horrendous ordeals to the challenge and GMP launched an investigation.
Crawford was first interviewed in July 2018 and denied all allegations.
Later that summer time the second sufferer got here ahead to talk of the traumatic experiences she had been subjected to by Crawford.
After she gave her account to detectives, Crawford was arrested as soon as once more.
He gave a no remark interview.
Crawford was charged in 2019 and denied all offences.
His case was delayed as a result of COVID-19 outbreak.
However he was discovered responsible on November 30 of 9 counts of rape of a kid beneath 13.
An NSPCC spokesperson mentioned: ‘The affect of Crawford’s extended campaigns of abuse have affected his two victims for greater than 5
many years, however because of their braveness he has now confronted justice.
‘This case exhibits that regardless of when an incident befell, searching for assist will be step one in direction of guaranteeing abusers like Crawford are held chargeable for their appalling offences, and we hope these courageous ladies at the moment are receiving the assist they want.’