December 2006

Paedophile is jailed indefinitely after child sex attack

A convicted sex offender has been jailed indefinitely for abusing a vulnerable teenager.

John Hannan, 41, took his victim south to a guesthouse in Berwick – where he pretended that they were father and son.

The 15-year-old boy, who has severe learning difficulties, was given alcohol before being assaulted twice during their overnight stay. Newcastle Crown Court heard that Hannan, of Bailie Grove, Portobello, Edinburgh, has previous convictions for gross indecency in the south of England in the 1990s and further serious sex offences in Manchester in 1998.

Hannan admitted two charges of sexual activity with a child.

The judge, Esmond Faulks, told him yesterday that he will only be allowed back on the streets once he is deemed to be safe to be back in the community.

The court also heard one of his previous victims was also a boy with special needs.

Mr Faulks told him: “This indicates you are a predatory paedophile who chooses boys of that nature.

“You really have no remorse for what you did whatsoever, and accordingly you are at high risk of further offending, and in my judgment you pose a significant risk of serious harm to members of the public.”

Hannan, who has a string of aliases, was told he cannot apply for parole until he has served at least three years.