Nuneaton paedophile jailed for 28 years for raping six-year-old girl
Thomas Parker found guilty of two historic rapes and an indecent assault
A paedophile from Nuneaton has been sentenced to 28 years in prison after raping a six-year-old girl more than 30 years ago.
Thomas Parker, 59, was found guilty at the crown court in Leamington last November and sentenced today for the offences of two historic rapes and an indecent assault.
He had been traced to France by police and brought back, along with his twin brother Kenneth Parker, who was cleared of charges of indecent assault.
During his trial, Thomas Parker, a former mercenary soldier, did not give evidence.
The jury was told that the young girl was raped in Nuneaton in 1980 but did not report the crime to police until the beginning of last year, despite telling other people about it previously.
Det Con Julie Timerick, of Warwickshire Police, said: “We commend the victim’s bravery and we hope demonstrates that it is never too late to report a rape or serious sexual offence to police or support agency.
“This is important for the victim’s own wellbeing to bring closure and we will strive to the get right outcome whether this is support or justice.”
Simone Newman, an Independent Sexual Violence Adviser at the Rape or Sexual Abuse Support Services based in Rugby, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to reach out to anyone who has experienced any form of rape or sexual abuse, at any time in their lives, to reassure them that confidential support is available.”
Victim of Thomas Parker rape is praised by police
JAILED… Thomas Parker from Nuneaton who was sent to prison for raping a six-year-old girl more than 30 years ago.
POLICE have praised a victim of rape for her bravery in bringing the perpetrator to justice.
As reported in the News, 59-year-old Thomas Parker from Nuneaton was sentenced to 28 years in prison for two historic rapes and an indecent assault that are believed to have occurred between December 1, 1979 and March 13, 1982 on a six-year-old girl.
Detective Constable Julie Timerick of the force said: “We commend the victim’s bravery in reporting this incident. This is a historic case that occurred some 30 years ago and we hope demonstrates that it is never too late to report a rape or serious sexual offence to police or support agency.
“This is important for your own well-being to bring you closure and we will strive to the get right outcome for you – whether this is support or justice.
“We are also working with partners at http://www.stoprapenow.co.uk to raise awareness of consent and would urge you to please visit this website to check your understanding – it is not as straight forward as you may think.”
Simone Newman, an independent sexual violence adviser at RoSA – Rape or Sexual Abuse Support Services, added: “Although the sentencing sees the closure of the court process, this is not the end of my client’s journey. As such, my support will continue for my client as long as necessary.
“I would like to take this opportunity to reach out to anyone who has experienced any form of rape or sexual abuse, at any time in their lives, to reassure them that confidential support is available, should they choose to come forward.”
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Pervert twin raped six-year-old Midland girl
Thomas Parker guilty of two charges of raping the girl and one of indecently assaulting her, his brother Kenneth was cleared
A paedophile twin has been remanded in custody after being convicted of raping a six year-old girl more than 30 years ago.
But Thomas Parker’s brother Kenneth was cleared of sexually abusing the same girl after a jury at Warwick Crown Court heard he was in prison at the time.
He was released by the Prison Service.
The twins were at the centre of an international manhunt two years ago when the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) were put on a list of the UK’s most wanted criminals.
They were traced to France and sent back to prison.
The twins, who are originally from Nuneaton, had both denied all the charges against them in their latest trial which could not previously be reported.
The jury found Thomas Parker, aged 58, who has been living in Quillan, France, guilty of two charges of raping the girl and one of indecently assaulting her.
But the jury found Kenneth Parker, also 58, of St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, not guilty of indecently assaulting the girl.
A pre-sentence report is now being prepared on Thomas, whose previous convictions included one in 1998 for indecently assaulting a girl, for which he was jailed for four years.
Kenneth had been jailed for three years in 2005 for child indecency offences.
During the trial prosecutor Anthony Potter had told the jury it was alleged the offences took place in 1980 at a time when the Parker twins lived in Nuneaton. The victim did not report the rape to police until the beginning of this year, despite telling others about it previously.
Mr Potter told the jury: “It will become immediately evident to you that she could remember very clearly particular aspects of Thomas Parker; the fact that he was a ginger-haired man with pale skin and tattoos.
“She could remember him appearing at the house one day without warning. She could remember being scared to death of him, and she could recall an aura of menace in the house when he was there.”
Neither of the twins gave evidence, but the court heard that Thomas had made a prepared statement in which he made ‘an absolute denial of any abuse’.
Walter Bealby, for Kenneth, pointed out that the accused had been jailed at Warwick Crown Court on December 20, 1979 for four years for burgling a shed at a quarry and possessing explosives taken from there for an unlawful purpose, poaching; so would have been in prison throughout 1980.
Thomas and Kenneth were hunted across Europe in 2011 after they breached conditions of the sex offenders’ register and CEOP described them as “high risk sexual offenders”.
They were extradited back to Britain after the appeal.
Kenneth was jailed for two years for failing to notify the authorities he was travelling abroad
His brother Thomas was sentenced to 22 months in prison.
The pair are believed to have joined the French Foreign Legion before turning up in Quillan posing as out-of-work builders