August 2019

Monstrous paedophile raped little boy in cupboard

A monstrous paedophile who repeatedly raped a young girl has now been found guilty of horrific abuse against a little boy.

Unrepentant Samuel Langton destroyed a woman’s childhood then stared at her across a courtroom when jailed for 16 years.

A top judge told Langton, then 56, of Grafton Street, Toxteth, to stop eyeballing his victim, following a disturbing trial in 2016.

The vile pervert, now 60, has spent the last three years in prison and is currently being held at HMP Garth in Leyland, Lancashire.

In the meantime, his son Samuel Langton jnr, 18, received a two-year sentence for molesting three teenage victims.

But the dad went on trial again at Liverpool Crown Court this week, accused of repeatedly raping a small boy.

Langton has been in prison since 2016 and the new crimes he is accused of are historic in nature, committed before he was sent to jail three years ago.

Anya Horwood, prosecuting, alleged he raped this victim more than 60 times, including attacks in a cupboard.

Langton, who once again claimed his victim was lying, denied six counts of rape of a boy under the age of 13.

But a jury took just over an hour and 15 minutes to unanimously find him guilty on all counts, following a four-day trial.

Judge Robert Trevor-Jones said he was an “offender of particular concern” and jailed him for 18 years, with an extended year on licence

This type of sentence means he must now serve at least half of that sentence – nine years – behind bars, before he is eligible for parole at 69.

He will then only be released if he is no longer deemed to be a risk and could end up serving the entire 18 years in custody, until he is 78.

Langton muttered during Judge Trevor-Jones’ sentencing remarks and scowled as he was sent down.

In 2016, the court heard he repeatedly molested a girl when she was very young, then raped her in her teenage years.

The woman attended court to explain how his sick crimes had blighted her life and to watch Judge Neil Flewitt, QC, send him to jail.

But as he was sentencing Langton, the judge had to tell the paedophile: “Will you keep your eyes on me and away from where your victim is sitting?”

Langton had threatened to punch the girl, dragged her around by her hair and blackmailed her, so he could continue his vile abuse.

Judge Flewitt said: “You have caused her severe psychological harm. I doubt very much she will ever recover from it.

“Throughout the trial you demonstrated a callous disregard for her well-being.

“You are in denial, you have shown no remorse and you are concerned only for yourself and your own future.”

Langton claimed he never had sex with her, but DNA evidence proved he was lying

Langton has previous convictions for dishonesty dating back to the 1970s and since 2002 has been convicted of drug offences

He must sign on the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life.

April 2016

Paedophile stares at his victim across courtroom as he is jailed

A paedophile who raped and sexually abused a woman throughout her childhood stared at her across a courtroom as he was jailed for 16 years.

Samuel Langton, 56, of Grafton Street, Toxteth , was found guilty of raping his victim when she was 15 and 17 and repeatedly molesting her from the age of seven.

She was in court to hear Judge Neil Flewitt, QC, send him to jail.

But as he was sentencing him the judge had to tell the defendant: “Will you keep your eyes on me and away from where your victim is sitting.”

Liverpool Crown Court heard how Langton threatened to punch the girl, dragged her around by her hair and blackmailed her, so he could continue his sick abuse.

Judge Flewitt said: “You have caused her severe psychological harm. I doubt very much she will ever recover from it.

“Throughout the trial you demonstrated a callous disregard for her well-being.

“You are in denial, you have shown no remorse and you are concerned only for yourself and your own future.”

When questioned by police, Langton told officers: “I didn’t have sex with her – full stop.”

But when DNA evidence proved he was lying, the defendant then claimed he began having consensual sex with her when she was 17.

Judge Flewitt said: “Her ordeal was made worse still by the suggestion put to her during cross-examination on your behalf that this sexual activity was consensual and she was a willing participant.”

Paul Treble, prosecuting, told the jury the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been controlled by Langton.

He said: “Let’s not make any mistake, this isn’t about sex. It’s not sex as normal consenting adults would know it. This is about control and domination. It’s about power.”

The jury found Langton guilty of four counts of rape and 10 sexual assaults, from when his victim was seven until she was aged 15.

Today the woman told the court she knew what Langton was doing was wrong but felt “controlled and manipulated by him”.

Mr Treble said: “She says the defendant has taken away her childhood and teenage years.”

He said the woman had undergone counselling, suffered from eating disorders and self-harmed.

Mr Treble said she felt scared to go out and paranoid and was “always checking if her home is secure”.

She has little self-confidence, struggles to work and has gone days without sleep, as she is afraid someone might attack her.

Mr Treble said: “She still blames herself for what happened, even though she knows logically it’s not her fault.”

Langton has previous convictions for dishonesty dating back to the 1970s.

Since 2002 he has convictions for drug related offences

Lloyd Morgan, defending, said his client understood he would receive a substantial prison sentence.

Judge Flewitt said: “For a period of approximately 11 years you repeatedly sexually abused and raped your victim for your own pleasure and without any regard to her feelings or mental or physical health.”

The judge imposed indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and restraining orders and told Langton to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

March 2016

Toxteth man found guilty of string of rapes and sexual assaults

A Toxteth man was found guilty of a string of rapes and sexual assaults against a woman when she was a child and an adult.

Samuel Langton, 56, of Grafton Street, denied ever having sex with the victim when questioned by police.

But DNA evidence proved he was lying and the Langton then claimed he began having consensual sex with her when she was aged 17.

Langton denied five counts of rape , 11 sexual assaults and a charge of intimidating a witness during a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

After 11 hours of deliberation, a jury found him guilty of four counts of rape and 10 sexual assaults, on a majority of 10 to 12 on each charge.

Langton was found not guilty of raping the woman when she was 16, sexually assaulting her when she was six, and witness intimidation.

However, he was convicted of raping the woman when she was 15 and 17, and sexually abusing her from the age of seven until she was 15.

Langton, with short grey hair and wearing a grey sweatshirt in the dock, showed no emotion as the verdicts were returned.

Judge Neil Flewitt, QC, told the defendant: “There will inevitably be a very long prison sentence.”

During the trial, Paul Treble, prosecuting, said the woman had never consented to sex with Langton.

He said: “Let’s not make any mistake, this isn’t about sex. It’s not sex as normal consenting adults would know it. This is about control and domination. It’s about power.”

Mr Treble said the woman recalled the last rape, which was before she went for a job interview.

He said she told police she was wearing pink knickers, which were recovered and revealed Langton’s DNA.

Langton denied touching the woman inappropriately, touching her sexually or raping her.

He told officers: “I didn’t have sex with her, full stop.”

When shown the DNA evidence, Mr Treble said Langton replied: “No, it couldn’t have happened”, “it’s not me” and “I don’t know how it’s got there”.

Mr Treble said: “There seems to be a suggestion now he was engaging in consensual sex with her and that’s how it got there.”

Judge Flewitt said he now needed to consider whether Langton was a dangerous offender, as set out in law.

He adjourned sentencing until April 1 and remanded him in custody.

Langton shouted “love you ma” to a woman sat crying in the public gallery as he was led down from the dock.

A 17-year-old co-defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denied attempting to pervert the course of justice by “offering witnesses money to drop the case”.

He was alleged to have offered the victim £8,000 and another woman £3,000 to retract their statements, but was found not guilty by the jury earlier today.