Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Revealed: teen rapist who preyed on children

A youth who sexually assaulted a nine-year-old girl when he was granted bail after raping a ten-year-old girl has been named as Simon Heaton.

The 17-year-old, branded a “sick monster” by the mother of one of his victims, had previously been protected by a court order which banned publication of his identity.

Heaton, of St Helens, Merseyside, was jailed indefinitely for the public's protection and ordered to serve a minimum of five years at Liverpool Crown on Monday.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to rape, five counts of sexual assault and causing grievous bodily harm against the two girls.

Jailing Heaton at Liverpool Crown Court, Judge David Harris QC told him: “To read and hear of the violence which you perpetrated on those little girls for your own sexual gratification is truly chilling.”

Debbie Gould, prosecuting, said Heaton was a “predatory sex offender” who first struck in April last year when he was aged 16.

He grabbed hold of his victim in a park and threatened to break her neck. After a prolonged attack, during which the 10-year-old was raped, she managed to free herself from his grip and ran home.

Miss Gould said the teenager was arrested and charged with rape. After being granted bail, he went to live in Blackburn, Lancashire, and 10 weeks later he carried out the second attack on the nine-year-old.

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