July 2019

Sexual predator sentenced to 27 years

A sex beast who ‘robbed his four young victims of their childhoods in the most cruel and despicable way’ has been sentenced to 27 years

Andrew Austin, 51, has been jailed for a string of serious sexual offences against children.

He admitted four counts of rape; six counts of indecent assault; two counts of indecency with a child; and a single count of sexual assault.

His sickening crimes finally came to light when one of his victims and a charity worker contacted police.

Austin protested his innocence when interviewed by officers.

He came clean before his case went to trial.

Austin, from Salford, was sentenced to 27 years following a Manchester Crown Court hearing.

He will serve at least half of that term in jail and can only be released when it is deemed safe by the Parole Board.

Austin sexually abused and raped four children over a number of years, the court heard.

One of his victims later began drinking and taking drugs to block out the memory of the abuse.

Another victim started smoking cannabis to deal with a ‘constant sense of shame’.

Austin was said to have had ‘no remorse’ for his crimes against that victim.

His attacks on another victim had a ‘significant psychological effect’, the court heard.

A judge said Austin’s abuse against another victim caused them ‘real difficulties’ and left them feeling like they were ‘never able to move on and live a fulfilled life’.

Sentencing, Judge Richard Mansell QC said Austin presented an ‘ongoing risk to young children’.

He told him: “You have taken some time to admit your guilt but in doing so, you have at least spared your victims the ordeal of going through a trial and being accused of lying.

“The effect on your victims has been considerable.

“Each of them has had to live with the consequences of your abuse for years, and did not feel strong enough to speak out.”

Austin, of Sumner Road, Irlam o’th Heights, will be on the Sex Offender Register for life.