June 2018

Child rapist sentenced to 16 years

A paedophile that raped two young girls has been jailed for 16 years.

Daniel Dowson, 31, of Picasso Way, Shoebury, was convicted of 12 sexual offences including six counts of raping children who were aged under 13 years of age.

He was unanimously convicted of 12 out of the 14 counts by the jury following three days of deliberations at Basildon Crown Court this week.

These included two counts of indecent assault, four counts of assaulting a child under 13 by penetration and six counts of raping a child under 13.

A victim impact statement stated: “It has haunted the girls’ lives.

“They have ended up with behaviour problems and anger issues.

“They lived in fear of what he might do and the shame of it as they grew up and realised what had been happening to them.”