September 2019

Man sentenced for subjecting victim to years of sexual abuse

A paedophile who subjected his victim to years of abuse has been sentenced to 23 years for a string of sexual offences.

David Michael Fitzgerald, 51, has been sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court for 20 sexual offences including rape and sexual assault.

Fitzgerald, of Cullercoats Street, Newcastle, denied the abuse which started when the victim was a child and continued into her adulthood.

He was branded a dangerous offender and must serve at least two-thirds of the 23 year sentence behind bars and will be subject to an extended licence period of a further seven years upon release. He will be placed on the sex offenders register for life and is barred from working with children for life.

The victim and her mother said in a joint statement: “What has happened to my daughter has made me so angry and frustrated. I could not believe what this man has done to her.

“She mentioned this man has ruined her life and her attitude has changed towards other people. She felt like she could not go outside in case she bumped into him.

“It was such a relief when she did tell people what had happened. She no longer felt scared and she wants to rebuild her life. She wants justice and is happy that we got a result at court, which makes her happy looking forward.”

Detective Constable Hayley Evans, who led the investigation, has praised the victim for her bravery and hopes the sentence can give her the closure she needs to move on with her life.

July 2019

Man guilty of subjecting victim to years of sexual abuse

A paedophile who subjected his victim to years of abuse has been convicted of a string of sexual offences.

David Michael Fitzgerald, 51, has today (Friday) been found guilty of 20 sexual offences including rape and sexual assault following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

Fitzgerald, of Cullercoats Street, Newcastle, denied the abuse which started when the victim was a child and continued into her adulthood. He has been remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced in September.