August 2019

Victim dies before seeing Sunderland rapist convicted of eight sex offences

A paedophile has been found guilty of subjecting two children to a string of sex offences over a seven year period.

Gary Neil Paul Peel, of Alnwick Street, Sunderland, was found guilty of six counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault following a five-day trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

The 51-year-old paedophile subjected one of his victims to years of abuse, starting when she was just 11 years old.

On another occasion, he also raped a second victim in his bathroom.

Detective Constable Sarah Judson, who led the case, described this afternoon as ’emotional’ as the eight guilty verdicts were read out and said it was upsetting that one victim died before justice was served.

Det Cons Judson said: “I am really pleased with the verdict today, it really has been emotional. Although it was with a heavy heart justice is being served posthumously for one of the victims who is tragically no longer with us but I am thankful the jury reached the right decision.

“At no point has Peel shown any remorse for either of his victims but their strength in coming forward to report these crimes has been paramount in getting justice.

“I hope this gives anyone out there who is suffering in silence the courage to come forward.”

Peel has been remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced in October.