August 2019

Brothers who molested schoolgirl caught out by texts and WhatsApp messages

Two brothers molested a schoolgirl leaving her feeling “sick” as a result of their twisted abuse.

Dien Quang Ngo and Nguyen Quang Ngo targeted their young victim over a period of several years

Liverpool Crown Court heard they both performed sex acts on the child, until she told a family member.

Dien, 59, and Nguyen, 47, both of Northumberland Street, Toxteth, stood trial together.

Dien admitted one count of sexual activity with a child under 16, having previously apologised via text messages.

But he denied seven other sexual offences, and Nguyen, who denied any wrongdoing, denied five sexual offences.

Daniel Travers, prosecuting, said the two men sexually abused the girl “many times” in Liverpool and Wirral.

The jury heard how the victim confided in a family member, who told her mum and the police were informed.

The girl told officers Dien targeted her when she was alone and vulnerable and that Nguyen regularly gave her money.

When voluntarily interviewed by police – meaning their mugshots were never taken – Dien claimed the offence he admitted was “consensual” and that it happened only once.

However, Mr Travers said he was a pervert who only confessed to that crime because he had to explain his apologetic texts.

Nguyen insisted the abuse “never happened” and claimed the girl was “dishonest”, but gave no explanation as to why she would lie about it. 

WhatsApp messages showed he messaged the victim calling her a “kinky little girl” and said: “I give you some dollar.”

He told officers he meant to type “naughty” and used the wrong word, before denying he offered money for anything sexual.

Mr Travers told the jury Nguyen was “obsessed” with the victim, who was left distressed by the abuse, and had offered her “rewards”.

Dien was found guilty of three counts of sexual activity with a child under 16, but cleared of four counts when she was under 13.

Nguyen was convicted of two counts of sexual activity with a child under 16 and found not guilty of three counts when she was under 13.

Judge Stuart Driver, QC, jailed Dien for eight years and Nguyen for seven years.

He ordered both to sign on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.